In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Planning and teaching courses in a university law school.
- Working closely with students to help them achieve their academic and career goals.
- Staying informed about changes and innovations in the field of law.
- Researching, writing, and publishing scholarly articles on matters of the law.
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Typically requires a U.S. Juris Doctor (JD), but many employers prefer a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) or a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD/JSD).
Both a PhD and an SJD/JSD are doctoral degrees, and considered equivalent in terms of being the highest level of law degree attainable. However, PhD in Law programs are designed specifically for graduates of U.S. JD programs.
If you received your law degree in another country, you must either obtain a JD degree from a U.S. program (possibly from an advanced standing program for internationally trained lawyers) in order to apply to PhD in Law programs, or else obtain an LLM instead, and then pursue an SJD/JSD as your doctoral degree.
Certification is not required.
Work experience practicing law is usually required, which means you must have a license. However, if your licensure and experience practicing law were in another country, then you may not need to hold U.S. licensure in order to teach.