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  • Combining a PhD and a JD: A Guide

    Timothy Joyce
    Career Paths
    Law and Tech Management
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    While there are more and more lawyers with combined degrees as a PhD and JD, the absolute numbers are still few. You may be wondering if the extra schooling would be worth the effort or if jobs will be waiting for you and where those jobs might be after your training is complete. You may want to know how to approach this kind of career option and where you can find the best outlets that utilize both degrees to their fullest extent. There are actually several areas of law where a combined PhD/JD would be a big asset. Patent law nearly always is an area of legal expertise where both legal and technical/scientific expertise is necessary. Your scientific background will allow you to be more efficient when handling patent issues and you'll be at an ...