According to Yale, the academic market for law professors is getting tougher. To break in you need a portfolio of published scholarly writing. In response it has created a Ph.D. degree in law, reports Karen Sloan at THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.
Over about a three year period it develops JDs to research and produce the kind of publishable work that will get them in the door of academia. It also trains them in teaching.
As Sloan points out, Yale Law School alumni already make up about 10% of law professors. That's a high number.
Time will tell how this degree is assessed in the marketplace of ideas and hiring.