Law School Discussion

Take the bar, practice, before PHD school? How does a JD affect the process?

I'm a second-year student and am jaded -- with some naivete -- on the practice of law.  The academy gains appeal each day.

What are your impressions on how a JD may affect the development of an academic career that would focus on multiple subjects, some of which involve public policy and other legal intersections? 

I'm wondering about 1) admission to the nation's traditionally prestigious programs and how a JD (and/or a year or two of practice) may be viewed alongside GRE scores, undergrad/law grades, and research interests (and their overlap with faculty expertise) and 2) how a JD (with or w/out practice) informs both the placement and work of a teaching/researching social scientist.