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To all the J.D/ B.S. chem/bio/mol people
« on: Oct 19th, 2007, 1:32pm »
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Hello:
 
I have a B.S. and a J.D.  I am curious as to whether anyone has gone back after getting the J.D., to either PhD in Biosomething or gone to undergrad in physics, CS or EE.
 
Is it possible to go back to undergrad?  If so, what are the requirements?  Do you have to submit your SATs again?  
 
What about for PhDs, do they look to your Law school grades?
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I have never heard of anyone going back for a Ph.D. after J.D.  In a way that's detrimental to your career in law because for the 4-6 years during your Ph.D. studies, you won't be working, and the Ph.D. might make you a specialist in some field, but that field is extremely narrow and specialized that it's not really going to give you that much of an advantage over actually practicing for 4-6 years.  Honestly, a Ph.D. is a huge commitment and it drains you physically, mentally, and emotionally, and the only reason you should ever go for it is if it's truly your passion.  I remember how depressed and messed up I was during my Ph.D. days, and so were most of my friends.
 
It's quite common though for people to take courses or even enroll in a bachelors or masters program part time while practicing after their J.D.  Taking an essential course or two in a field that you are interested in practicing in, or even a certificate program, can be very beneficial.  While on paper, it may look nicer to have PhD, JD, after your name, I'd be motivated to bet that 100% of those with that designation got the PhD first.  But I won't =)    In a sense, taking several courses in a field can be more beneficial than getting a Ph.D. from a practice standpoint.  For example, taking industrial chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, and polymers, would be substantially more beneficial to your practice than getting a Ph.D. studying the effects of electronegativity on the reactivity of the actinide elements.
 
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