Jason mentioned here the possibility that more and more law schools will be hiring PhDs as law professors. Conglomerate has discussed the possiblity that law schools might even begin to pay for PhDs for its faculty. Amid all this discussion, though, I began wondering (as did Michael here and a commentator at Conglomerate here) whether it is advisable for law schools to seek out PhDs in their hiring and thought it might be worth bringing up again for more discussion. Is hiring PhDs in law schools useful/advisable/desirable? Are only certain law schools (e.g., those that are most likely to produce legal scholars rather than practicing attorneys) served by PhD faculty? Does it make sense to hire PhDs who teach empirical legal studies at a law school primarily concerned with training lawyers? Do lawyers need knowledge of empirical social science and how best to conduct it? Just curious what the legal scholars' take is on this issue. We PhDs are certainly noticing (not only because of the pay raise it would inevitably entail!).