Mr. mintz should look into an LLM and a JPS (I believe these are the right letters for a Law PhD). That's where you're going to get the academic stuff that he wants that doesn't mean jack in the practice of law.
Law is the opposite of every other professional degree. In law, you receive your J.D. (Juris Doctorate) before receiving (if someone chooses to get it) and LLM (Master of Laws). So, law school is backward, you get your doctorate and then your masters.
JD = Juris Doctor not Doctorate