Once again Larry Solum is compiling data for his Entry Level Hiring Report in Law Schools. In last year's report, 30 of 173 candidates (17.3%) had PhDs or DPhils. My guess is that this percentage will increase over time. This hypothesis is based on: the increased number of legal scholars now doing empirical work; that law schools are hiring non-JD professors who have PhDs in other fields; the increase in the number of JD/PhD programs available to students; and that law schools are developing their own PhD programs (e.g., Vanderbilt Law's PhD in Law & Economics).
Is my guess correct? Will more future law professors be JD/PhDs? Might law schools soon subsidize PhDs for its faculty? Are law school hiring committees interviewing more candidates with PhDs? Are committees actively looking for candidates with PhDs? Comments are open.