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Spice Up That J.D. With Some Medical, Fashion or Journalism Training

Back in my day, people went to law school and got law degrees. But nowadays, Eric Lipman and his ilk are not content to get a boring old "J.D." No, there must be some joint degree or microspecialty involved to interest the whippersnappers, apparently. In fact, in the last couple of days I have seen no fewer than three new species of law degrees or joint programs offered:

1. The joint J.D./M.D: Can't decide if you want to be a doctor or a lawyer? No worries! The Texas Lawyer reports that Texas Tech University now has its very first student in the university’s new joint J.D./M.D. degree program offered by the law school and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.  This student, Marta Hoes, says that she's always wanted to practice medicine, and that the new joint degree "opens a door to a whole world of possibilities I can do with medicine, like writing health-care law and being involved in making health-law policy.” The dual degree program takes six years to complete, so check back in 2016 to see how things work out for Ms. Hoes.

2.The Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University School of Law: The Faculty Lounge reports that Fordham has teamed up with designer Diane von Furstenberg and the Council of Fashion Designers of America "for the founding of the country's first fashion law initiative." The Fashion Law Institute will "assist designers in navigating the complicated issues of intellectual property, business, international trade, as well as government regulation issues that they encounter as they grow their businesses," and will feature specialized coursework and fashion law symposiums.

ScafidiPic The FLI is headed up by professor Susan Scafidi (in photo) who, despite what must have been extraordinary pressure, delivered a fabulous law school faculty photo by artfully weaving in the pearls and blazer.

3. The "JLS" program: JLS stands for Journalist Law School, which is the brainchild of Loyola Law School professor John Nockleby. PBS reports (via idealawg) that Nockleby is "trying to construct a third breed of reporter/attorney hybrid: the journalist with a crash course in the law." Every summer, JLS brings several dozen reporters to Nockleby's law school in Los Angeles "for 84 hours of lectures, seminars, and discussion panels on the law. There they receive scaled-down versions of first-year law classes such as constitutional law, criminal law, civil procedure, criminal procedure and torts. The American Board of Trial Advocates, which represents both plaintiffs and civil defense attorneys, is reportedly a sponsor.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)


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