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02 March 2006



For what it's worth, of the 12 most recently hired faculty members (faculty hired at the Jr. level, though some have since been tenured) at Penn (including two incoming members next year), 8 have advanced degrees- 8 PhD's and an SJD. (The break down is 3 history, 1 Poli-sci, 1 international relations, 1 JSP(Berkeley), 1 SJD (yale), 1 Econ.) (Of the 41 full-time faculty who teach (i.e.- leaving out the full time administrators) 24 have an MA or more (most of these have PhDs.) So, at least at Penn there seems to be a pretty clear emphasis on people w/ advanced degrees. As a JD/PhD student myself (philosophy) I'm happy about this, and certainly think it's made my education better.

Michael Heise

In addition to--but not in lieu of--comments responding to Jason's questions (and, FWIW, my guess is that Jason's guess is correct), I would invite comments dwelling on the potential consequences (good, bad, indifferent) to the legal academy, scholarship, and education that might flow from more law profs possessing the Ph.D.

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