Is Law School a Losing Game?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Koolcypher, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. ITJD

    ITJD Active Member

    Agreed if you're talking about a JD as that's only truly a LL.B

    Now if you're talking about the true terminal degree in the legal field (SJD) then we're probably talking about the longest road in the countryside.
  2. major56

    major56 Active Member

    Same for the LL.D. (e.g. in the UK, the degree of Doctor of Laws is a higher ranked doctorate in relation to the PhD). And although not a civil law degree, the doctor of canon law (J.C.D. / Juris Canonici Doctor) is in some ways comparable to the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D. /J.S.D.) or doctor of laws (LL.D.) in terms of academic level of study as they are terminal academic degrees. Additionally, the DCL (Doctor of Civil Law), J.C.D. (Doctor of Canon Law), I.C.D. (Iuris Canonici Doctor), ICDr., D.C.L., D.Cnl., D.D.C., or D.Can.L. (Doctor of Canon Law) or Doctor of both laws (i.e. canon and civil) are J.U.D. (Juris Utriusque Doctor), or U.J.D. (Utriusque Juris Doctor) would also be considered terminal degree level achievement.

    Back to the S.J.D: "Per Indiana University Law-Indianapolis: “The S.J.D. is the terminal degree in law, offered by a distinct minority of law schools. At Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, it is a research-based dissertation degree. It is not based upon a structured set of courses in which a candidate must enroll. Successful completion of candidacy requires production of a dissertation of publishable quality constituting an original and substantial scholarly contribution to the area of law in which it is written.”
    S.J.D. Degree

    Per UCLA Law: “The Law School will admit no more than two students in its S.J.D. class each year. As this suggests, the admissions process is highly competitive.”
    S.J.D. Degree Requirements and Admissions Standards | S.J.D. Program | UCLA Law
  3. brow276

    brow276 Member

    I'll agree with that, but I think most get a Juris Doctorate to practice law; not to say they have a doctorate...

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Dr. Randell,

    Sorry, I should have explained more. Well, what I meant it costs lot of money to operate an institution. However, most of the cash cow schools they go beyond the tuition break for profit. Just likes Kaplan University, Ashford University use guerrilla admission.
  5. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Yes, yes, I'm talking about the LL.B., which is now called the J.D. here in the States...
  6. Economist

    Economist New Member

    TEKMAN, it is certain that today, it costs more to educate the same number of students a school educated 30 years ago, but due to the advancements in technology and the fact that there are more people going to college nowadays, the school has the potential to make at least the same profit per student it did some time ago. In addition, keep in mind that the availability of student loans means that the schools can charge pretty much whatever tuition they want, and there will always be enough money for students to borrow and enroll in them, which in turn keeps the tuition levels rather high.
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  8. :surprised::surprised: I feel like your reading my mind. Exact same thing on my end. lol
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

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