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UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?

angelus

UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:43:53 PM »
Is it worth it? Where does UNL stand in regards to law schools?
Can it hold a candle to Vanderbilt or even some of the lower schools?

What would be pros and cons of getting ones degree in NE? *I live here currently* Would one be able to transfer out to Vandy after the first year?

I ask this because I'm thinking of UNL as a "safety". Whereas Harvard and Stanford are stretches.

To any who are attending UNL for law. What has your experience been like? have you gone to other law schools? What are your possible future employment opportunities?

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University Of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department of Psychology
Law / Psychology Program
Graduate Program, P.O. Box 880308
Lincoln, NE 68588-0308 U.S.A.
Click to send E-mail to: graduate@unl.edu

Phone: 1-402-472-3721
Fax: 1-402-472-4637

Description:
Under the dual sponsorship of the Department of Psychology and the College of Law, the Law/Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been recognized since its inception in 1974 as a leading program in training scholars who are engaged in basic and applied research and writing on psycho-social issues and problems related to the law. The program is the world's oldest, ongoing integrated program in psycho legal studies.


Degree(s):
J.D./Ph.D.;


vickymaz

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2005, 12:55:51 PM »
No, UNL can't hold a candle to Vanderbilt. It's actually quite a low-ranked safety if your reaches are Harvard and Stanford. Quite a wide range there...I wonder what your numbers are.

In my opinion (as a psych major and someone who seriously considered grad school for psych),  you get the PhD to do research and see patients. You get a law degree to practice law. There won't really be a need for both in any situation, barring some very rare, specific specialty. Don't do it just because you're undecided, if that's the case. A PhD in psych is based on a research-heavy dissertation. It's not going to balance well with law school obligations.

The major con of getting a degree in NE is the fact that you'll end up working and living in the same area for quite a while. You'll be pigeon-holed into the midwest for job opportunities, since law schools and subsequent employers are mostly regional in scope. If you want to stay in NE, then this isn't a con, but it would be to me (my fiance is from there, so I have some basis for my opinion).





angelus

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2005, 01:00:59 PM »
No, UNL can't hold a candle to Vanderbilt. It's actually quite a low-ranked safety if your reaches are Harvard and Stanford. Quite a wide range there...I wonder what your numbers are.

I'm not sure what my numbers will be either. My choices are riding on the October LSAT. I am looking at cost but it takes money to make money and I propbably won't do a joint degree of anykind. I'll stick with law.

I couldn't find where UNL ranks and teh numbers of employed JD graduates seems inflated.

vickymaz

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005, 01:02:58 PM »
UNL is ranked 77 in the 2005 rankings.

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005, 01:05:27 PM »
I was just looking into that a little while ago when I was debating whether to choose between psych or law (I also am a psych major who had been considering psych grad, took the GRE already). 

There aren't many schools with this PhD/JD dual degree, so I don't know if you really can compare that program specifically to other law schools in general.  Sorta seems like comparing oranges to apples.  As I recall, there seemed to be less than 10?  schools with this dual psych phd/law. 

The purpose of the psych phd/law dual degree are for people who are interested in researching the effects of laws, or psychology in legal settings.  (i.e. very law oriented).  I don't know what your psych interests lie, but for me, I was interested in developmental/experimental psych, so I decided that this wasn't the path for me.  I don't know if it's possible to take this program and do psych in a totally non-legal related field. 

Another consideration is that this is a 6 or 7 year program for some schools.  That's a big investment of time and money.  Are you REALLLLY sure that's what you definately want to do?  It's too big a risk for me to take, so I'm going to do law first, and then go back to psych when I have some more $$. 

angelus

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2005, 01:07:24 PM »
UNL is ranked 77 in the 2005 rankings.

YIKES! :o

I think I nee to stop doubting my own abilities and wait to see my LSAT scores before I stop reaching for the stars (HYSV)

angelus

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2005, 11:18:43 AM »
Sorry maude but your full of it.

YIKES! :o

I think I nee to stop doubting my own abilities and wait to see my LSAT scores before I stop reaching for the stars (HYSV)

My GPA is 3.06 (something like that). I find it odd that such a grande signifigance is placed upon GPA by so many people who seem to be under the impression that it is a relevant measure of who they are as human beings.

Considering GPA is such a minor part of the Law school application process it is my opinion that GPA is ultimately meaningless.

Agree? Disagree? comments about why your GPA did or did not matter?


If you are serious, forget about HYS.

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2005, 05:02:03 PM »
UNL is a pretty good school -- if you are in Nebraska it's cheaper than Creighton.  If it's biglaw youa are after, I think Kutak Rock does OCI at UNL.

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2005, 12:45:34 AM »
If you want to practice in Nebraska UNL is the way to go.  I doubt the joint degree makes much difference to anyone there though.  If you want to work somewhere else, you are better off going somewhere else.  My brother just finished UNL Law last year, getting a job is not easy at all.

angelus

Re: UNL joint JD/Psychology degree. worth it?
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2005, 08:31:56 AM »
Sorry maude but your full of it.

Full of what?  I quoted your own words.

You are full of *&^%.