Signup date: 15 May 2007 at 2:40pm
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I get the impression that there aren't that many around these parts.
I'm assuming that there will always be proportionately more science-related PhDers out there due to the nature of scientific career progression where the top jobs only go to those with PhDs. Not necessarily so, for law grads.
You can't possibly do an LLM degree without having done an LLB beforehand. The masters degree you are likely to be doing is probably a specialist masters for non-law graduates, which means it has a specific focus on one area of the law. What area is it?
Teaching at the law faculty, as far as I know, is mostly taught by academics with law degrees (ie. LLB or JD) unless you have extensive experience in a particular area of the law already. If you want to teach law as a non-law graduate, alternative areas you could go into would be teaching business law to business students, or as a patent/trademarks attorney to future patent/trademarks attorneys, or perhaps you've spent some time working with a particular area of the law (eg. human rights) and can speak extensively from your practical experience. These are just a few examples of course.
In that case it's hard to publish in law-related publications so soon into your law degree unless you already have professional experience in a particular area of the law prior to beginning your law degree. I believe you really need to go through the breadth and depth of your law studies before gaining basic legal experience and understanding to write at the standard required for a law review journal.
Do you have professional experience in a particular policy area prior to beginning your law studies? How far are you into your law degree? If you're early in your law studies, you probably won't be looking to publish in law review journals. You could try writing articles for legal newsletters published by your nearest law institute.
Or, look at writing case notes for publication in law reviews, for the latest significant court cases, or book reviews.
FYI - an Australian government report into the doctoral students' experience and an analysis into the doctoral degree structures. Amongst other things the report discusses, I found this relatively small paragraph in the executive summary interesting:
"The large majority of students are positive about their doctoral programs. For some however the experience is at best neutral or mildly disappointing and for a small number fairly traumatic. Twelve per cent of students interviewed expressed dissatisfaction with their supervision experiences and five per cent had serious grievances."
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