Law and Economics as a Pillar of Legal Education

37 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2011 Last revised: 27 Nov 2012

Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Date Written: November 2, 2011

Abstract

This paper reports the distribution of doctoral degrees in economics and in other fields among faculty at the 26 highest ranked law schools. Almost one-third of professors at the top 13 law schools have a Ph.D. degree, with nine percent having a Ph.D. in economics. Law school rank is highly correlated with the share of faculty holding a Ph.D. in economics and is less correlated with the share of faculty with other doctoral degrees. Law and economics is a major area of legal scholarship based on citations in the law literature and other impact rankings. In recognition of the increased importance of economics in legal education, in 2006 Vanderbilt University established a joint J.D./Ph.D. program in law and economics. The program is housed in the law school and offers 11 new Ph.D. courses designed to fully integrate economics into legal education. We provide information on the genesis and operation of the program.

Keywords: law and economics, interdisciplinary, legal education

JEL Classification: A11, A12, K0

Suggested Citation

Hersch, Joni and Viscusi, W. Kip, Law and Economics as a Pillar of Legal Education (November 2, 2011). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1907760 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907760

Joni Hersch (Contact Author)

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W. Kip Viscusi

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Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics

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Nashville, TN 37235
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HOME PAGE: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/faculty/viscusi.htm

Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

401 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
(615) 343-7715 (Phone)
(615) 343-5953 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/faculty/viscusi.htm

Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

Nashville, TN 37203
United States

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