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  • Beyond Law School: What to Do with a Ph.D. and a J.D.

    Lila Hope, Ph.D.
    Career Paths
    Law and Tech Management
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    You endured the long nights in the lab and the grilling of your thesis committee to earn your Ph.D., and survived the arcane rules of Property Law and hair-splitting ideologies reflected in Constitutional Law to collect your J.D.  Now what? Maybe, finally, it’s time to face the real world, along with its abundance of opportunities and tough choices. The options for law graduates are many, in sectors such as public interest, government, the judicial branch, academia, industry, or the private practice of law (commonly known as law firms).   Most law graduates find themselves starting their career in law firms, where hours are long, training is invaluable and salaries are high enough to make a dent on student loans.  Although not always the case, graduates with a law degree and science background tend to be attracted to practices combining the two specialties, most notably in intellectual property law. “Intellectual property” is ...