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  1. I totally understand where you are coming from (I am a law school grad, and am now doing a PhD). There are a lot of moving parts, but here are some questions and thoughts to consider: 1. Are your PhD interests such that you could incorporate your expertise in law into them? Without knowing your field, it's hard to know how easy this with be, but a JD could be a useful asset to you if you can make it one. You can market yourself to PhD programs as an expert in law, and that knowledge and experience will be valuable to some PIs. It would also help if you can tell a coherent story about your academic history to this point. Frankly, it's okay to retcon this a bit! If you can describe your research interests and/or the path that led you to those interests in a way that incorporates your legal training, then a JD could be useful. If your PhD field is something you can't really incorporate law into, then I'd seriously consider not going back to law school. Based on your academic history as described in your post, you've sped rather quickly through a bachelors, then a masters, then part of a JD, and now you want a PhD. PIs are going to look at that history and wonder if you really know what you want at all. It sounds like you do, which is good! You can use your time and other parts of your application to make that point. But you'll still be fighting against the perception that you want to be a student forever. If law school really can't fit into your academic story, I would honestly suggest that you take a bit more time away from law school -- preferably working and/or volunteering in your PhD field. That way, you can explain that law school just wasn't the right fit for you, and that you took the time off to really solidify your research interests in (your PhD field). 2. Odds are (very) good that your PhD field does not care about the prestige of your degrees as much as law does. Law is insanely credential-focused, as you have no doubt realized. But other academic programs tend not to be. I can't speak definitively without knowing your PhD field, but I'd still wager money that it is not as worried about the prestige of your undergraduate institution. Having said that, academics is a remarkably small world in any field, so if you can take advantage of your current institution's prestige to network with important people in your PhD field -- do it! 3. How (dis)similar would your RA experience in law be to research in your PhD field? The more similar, the better, but it doesn't have to be super related. If the research process is similar, or if you can make it more similar (i.e., by working on projects in law that use the methods of your field), then it will strengthen your PhD application to have it on there. 4. If you do finish your JD, definitely make the most of your time there. This means working to position yourself as a scholar in your PhD field. You can reach out to faculty in your PhD field and/or get research experience that is helpful (see above). If possible, choose courses and projects that will help you build a profile as a scholar in your PhD field. Law Review publications are not as good for PhD admissions as peer-reviewed, but they don't hurt, either -- again, especially if you can use a law review note to demonstrate that you are a coherent scholar by incorporating ideas or methods from your PhD field. If you go back, and if you can make law feel like part of your research interests, taking two years is probably the way to go. I don't think you need to worry about the perception that rigor is why you took time off; you will be able to explain that you took extra time to get additional research experience and solidify your research interests. The trouble with just one year is that by the time you apply this fall, you will not have actually accomplished anything in the 2018-19 school year. If you spread it out over 2 years, you will have a year to really build your resume and reputation -- so that in a year, you will be able to talk about your research experiences in your application (and so will your recommenders, which is important). Would you consider your JD institution for your PhD? If so, could you overlap them -- an ersatz joint JD/PhD program? That would also help with the whole "coherent scholar" thing. It could potentially also help defer some of the costs, if you are funded as a PhD student. I'd be happy to talk in more specifics over PM. Good luck to you!
  2. Anyone feeling regrets?

    I just wanted to add that the first year of grad school (often) sucks. It just does, even when things go pretty well. You're in a new place, you're adjusting to a new program, you're trying to get projects off the ground (and you're new, so lots of them will fail), you're forming a relationship with your PI, and you're trying to pass classes. It is so, so common to feel like you are spinning your wheels, but you aren't. Trust that it will get better if you keep working at it. Seek out help and support wherever you can -- in addition to counseling, maybe try joining a student group or church? Just talking to someone about how you feel can go a long way towards easing the burden. For me, a huge help was just finding out that my experience was not unique -- that the first year just sucks! The second year, in my experience, sucks a bit less. I hope you feel that way, too. And however you feel about it, don't beat yourself up; grad school is rough! It's okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed out, uncertain, and extremely jealous of your friends with "normal" jobs! Don't add to your burden by feeling guilty -- there's nothing to feel guilty about.
  3. Jurisprudence and Social Policy

    I got in 2 years ago, and as I recall they were quite late. So there may still be hope! Good luck!
  4. 2015 PhD applicants

    /waves Just chiming in as a former B-school applicant to say: Good luck, friends!
  5. Marketing Ph.D. Thread

    In addition to what quaker13 said, I think it also depends on what kind of marketing department you want to work in. There are a handful of very psych-oriented marketing programs (plus some marketing-adjacent programs, like OB and Behavioral Science) who are hiring more psychology PhD's than marketing PhD's. In fact, I have talked with marketing students who were a little miffed that some of the top B-schools (Chicago, Wharton, Stanford, etc.) seemed more interested in psych students. But I don't know how universally that is true, and I don't know how much longer it will be true, because more marketing grads are coming out of their programs with research and cred that looks a lot like psychology. Overall, I think that if you know you want a marketing job, it's almost certainly true that your prospects are better (or at least much broader) from a marketing program. But, of course, psych departments are not hiring marketing PhD's. So if you are unsure, a psychology PhD might give you more options (though, as quaker13 pointed out, there is a lot more competition for psych jobs right now).
  6. If you can really only do one, and you are still seriously considering them both, I think you should go the one that has not already accepted you. See if Univ. B will let you visit after the Univ. A visit, but I would go to the one that will help you keep both doors open.
  7. I'll be interviewing some of our prospective grad students during interview weekend (I'm a current student), and while I really think the point of the interview with me is for you (the prospective student) to get information from me about the program/profs, I thought it would be interesting to ask: What would you like to be asked in an interview? What are your dream questions? On the flip side, what do you hope no one ever asks you?
  8. Professional Swag

    I have a very nice red leather padfolio that I got many years ago and still use for important interviews! I think it's attractive (and feminine, since you mentioned that as an issue), but very professional looking.
  9. Management and/or Organizational Behavior PhD thread

    There is a section of GradCafe for interviews, under "Applications"/"Interviews and Visits". But it might be tough to get Business-specific answers there (not that it's much easier here, given how quiet it is! The Management/OB programs I applied to were very psych-oriented (UChicago, Northwestern, Yale), so if you have applied to more "traditional" programs, keep that in mind. The biggest surprise for me in OB interviews was how theory-focused they were. My psychology interests are very applied, and the only time I was ever called out on it was in OB interviews. I think that, because so many applicants to these programs don't realize how theoretically-oriented they are, they are more worried about making sure I knew what I was getting into. I don't think this would be as big a problem at other business schools, but the faculty I was applying to work with were almost all social psychologists (so that's a good way to know if you might be walking into a similar situation). Otherwise, the interviews were very similar to the interviews I had in psychology. Be prepared to talk about your research (past and future), as well as what draws you to the program. Why do you want to study XYZ? Why do you want to study XYZ at ABC Business School? Also be prepared to talk about yourself a little. Where are you from? How do you feel about moving to ABC City? And be prepared to talk about your academic/professional background, especially if it is unique at all (interesting work background, etc.). Why are you looking for a PhD? Why are you leaving ______ field? (The best kind of answer to that last question, in my opinion, is one that makes it sound like your work experience helped lead you to the PhD track. If you can tell a cohesive story about your professional past that informs your research interests, do it!) Above all, have a good, coherent answer to this question: What are you hoping to study here? You will get asked this question over and over and over. Every faculty meeting, every time you meet a current student, every time you chat with another prospective student. Everyone will default to asking you that by way of making small talk. It's what we do! ETA: Feel free to PM me with specific questions!
  10. Lab Manager Position Available

    An update on the mailing list today: Application materials must be submitted to https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/ (Type in requisition number: 097769) rather than the e-mail that was listed on the original annoucement.
  11. UChicago Interview

    I believe all invitations have gone out (but I'm not on the committee or anything, so I could be wrong).
  12. Hi guys, This announcement just came over the Cogdev Society mailing list, and it might be a good opportunity for those of you not currently applying (or those of you considering backup plans):
  13. Marketing Ph.D. Thread

    Haha, good question! People in the field (Marketing, OB, and to a lesser extent psychology) found it easy enough to understand, but I did/do have to explain in more detail to others! I often just default to telling those folks that I study psychology in a business school, which is true, because the terminology can be so confusing to people. Also, people tend to make assumptions about what I know and study at a business school -- those with no information tend to assume I know about business, which is natural enough but totally not the case, and those with a little bit of knowledge tend to assume I study behavioral economics, which is less innaccurate but still not really true. I do a lot of cross-disciplinary work in fields like law and developmental psych as well, so it is especially hard to sum up my work accurately using program labels! So it's complicated, but I usually just circumvent the questions by talking about what I study specifically. Then I get the "Oh, you do that in a _____ program?" and I just say "yes!" and nod.
  14. Management and/or Organizational Behavior PhD thread

    Good luck, friends! Just remember that many business schools make decisions later than other fields, so no news may still be good news!
  15. Marketing Ph.D. Thread

    Hi! I did that a few years ago (mostly psych and OB, but some marketing). I don't have much to share, except that business schools tend to make decisions much later than psych programs, so try not to stress! And good luck!