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(Message started by: Mai on Oct 3rd, 2006, 1:49pm)

Title: PharmD/JD
Post by Mai on Oct 3rd, 2006, 1:49pm
I'm finishing up my final year at pharmacy school right now, and I'm interested in going to law school some time in the future, do not know when.  My interest in law came in when I took a pharmacy law class, and that pretty much sparked a curiosity with what a PharmD/JD dual degree can offer in the legal and pharmaceutical world.

I've tried researching the topic and what pharmacist-attorneys do in their careers, but unfortunately the breed of PharmD/JD's are rare.  I've heard that PharmD/JD's will most likely deal with a lot patent law in the pharmaceutical and biotech field, but I would like to learn more on the details of that.

I know this is not a law admissions forum, but can someone please recommend to me a prominent law school that can help me utilize my pharmd and my jd to its full potential?  I know that it's best to get into the top tier schools, but which ones can accomodate a PharmD student better than others?

Overall, I would just like some input on the PharmD/JD career in general.  Is it high in demand?  Is it rewarding?  Someone had said in this forum that the patent prosecution bubble has burst, so what other specialties are available that may require the expertise of a PharmD/JD?  

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by Isaac on Oct 3rd, 2006, 2:59pm

on 10/03/06 at 13:49:17, Mai wrote:
I know this is not a law admissions forum, but can someone please recommend to me a prominent law school that can help me utilize my pharmd and my jd to its full potential? I know that it's best to get into the top tier schools, but which ones can accomodate a PharmD student better than others?


I cannot answer your questions specific to PharmD careers, but I don't think there's any reason that your technical speciality should figure into your choice of law school.

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by Flower on Oct 12th, 2006, 10:32pm
Pham is not going to do anything for you.  There is nothing in a two year degree in passing out pills is going to help more than a B.S.

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by biopico on Oct 12th, 2006, 11:25pm
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is for three years.  

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by Anon on Oct 13th, 2006, 9:34am

on 10/03/06 at 13:49:17, Mai wrote:
Overall, I would just like some input on the PharmD/JD career in general.  Is it high in demand?  Is it rewarding?  Someone had said in this forum that the patent prosecution bubble has burst, so what other specialties are available that may require the expertise of a PharmD/JD?

The PharmD/JD is a good combo.  And as you suspect, you would be in well-prepared for prosecution work in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields.  Depending your interests and abilities, you might also consider patent litigation, especially patent litigation involving the Hatch-Waxman (generic drug) act.  And outside of patents, there is a whole area of FDA regulatory work that you might consider.

As for how much demand exists for your background, that's a little tough to say.   But in brief, I'd say that, although the demand for someone with your background is quite high, the supply probably slightly exceeds that demand.  And as the supply of those with your background is ever increasing, this situation likely will not improve.  So even though you would be well-qualified, my guess is that you will have a fair amount of competition for your first job.  But if you are sure that a career in law is what you want, then don't be deterred.  But just be sure...


Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by Shawn on Oct 14th, 2006, 9:07pm
Actually a PharmD is 4 years (hence, Doctor of Pharmacy).  This does not include the preprofessional years.  I also plan to attend law school following pharmacy school.

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by 2L on Oct 25th, 2006, 6:56pm
Actually having a pharmd helps slightly i believe to get into law school.  This is only because law admissions deans look to have a diverse class and people with science background are more rare in law school (although more and more are attending)

I finished my pharmd in 2005 and am now in my second year at a top 10 law school.  

pharmds do not have to deal with IP issues, although they certainly can.  The opportunities are present to work in health care law and FDA law as well.  All of those specialties will allow you to combine both of your degrees.

That being said...go to the best school you can go to!  It does not matter if one school has a stronger focus on a certain area of law.  You can practice any type of law when you graduate law school.  There are no specialties or concentrations in law school.  The truth is that law school gives you a background on the law and fundamental skills that will allow you to learn any substantive area of law.  So go to the best school you get into because the reputation of your school makes a difference during your job hunt.

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by 2L on Oct 25th, 2006, 6:59pm
please email at the new address linked by the envelope on the left, with any questions

Title: Re: PharmD/JD
Post by alan on Jul 19th, 2007, 12:34pm
The University of Michigan is a top 5 Law and PHarmacy school.  also the University of California is too, the pharmacy school being UC-San Francisco



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