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Hello, in grad school for a Phd you have to write a doctoral thesis.

For Law school to get a JD do you have to write a big report too or a dissertation? Can you if you want to?

I know for some doctoral theses you can go to other countries. For example, an Economics Phd could compare France's economy to the United States economy. Is there anything like that for Law Students?

Thank you everyone for your comments.

Do you know how I could search for schools with good public interest and critical legal studies programs? What do you know about the University of Pittsburgh?

Erox, what do you think about Gibbsale and Reverendlex's remark that unlike in economics, heterodox ways of interpreting the subject of law is less important in a professional sense, and that it better falls under the heading of legal studies degree instead of JD?

If that is true, then should I better spend less time critiquing mainstream views on law and more time studying how to apply the law to help society?

I myself am interested in advocacy, however, I want to study from a radical perspective.

Please comment on their remarks, because it appears that your school does have a unique approach to legal studies.

Hello, I am searching for Law Schools with heterodox law programs.

For example, most economic grad programs today run the students through a conventional track teaching Neoclassical (or "Neoliberal") economics. But a number of schools have heterodox programs (meaning radical, non-mainstream) that study economics from a whole range of viewpoints, like Keynesianism (President Franklin Roosevelt's policies), Marxism, "Institutionalism (whatever that means) and others!

American University
Notre Dame
University of Massachusetts
University of Vermont
The full list is at:

It would be exciting to study Law from a radical perspective too!

A radical law program might talk about how corporate lobbying groups almost make our laws, or the contradiction between real democracy and democracy "as it is," where people might want things one way, but the government will still decide against their interests. Or how should a lawyer who believes in the public interest act differently than lawyers for corporate interests? Is it more important to choose a winnable case, or to take a stand on a losing, but vital issue?

There is a list of heterodox economic schools, but how about heterodox law schools?


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