Because admitted candidates will have already the J.D. degree, the anticipated course of study toward the Ph.D. is three years in residence. In their first two semesters, Ph.D. candidates will take coursework to acquire the background and research skills they need to complete a dissertation in their field of interest. After their first year, candidates will take qualifying examinations to test the literacies and skills they have acquired. During their second year, candidates will develop a dissertation prospectus and begin work on a dissertation. The dissertation may take the form of either three law review articles or a book-length manuscript and will make up a portfolio of writing that candidates can take with them on the job market. Ph.D. candidates will receive the full support of Yale Law School’s Law Teaching Program, which has had remarkable success in placing graduates in tenure-track positions at law schools.
Starting in the early of Fall of 2012, the Law School will accept applications for admission to begin study toward the Ph.D. in September of 2013. Applicants to the Ph.D. in Law program must have completed a J.D. degree at a United States law school before they apply for admission.
Ph.D. candidates will receive a full tuition waiver, health insurance coverage and a stipend to cover their year-round living expenses.
Interested applicants are encouraged to explore the links at the left to learn more about the Ph.D. program. A press release and a Yale Law Report story on the Ph.D. program may be of interest for a more general audience.