Wednesday, July 11, 2012
We covered this topic before, here. I just came across an interesting article which outlines the history of JD's in this country as well as the issuance of other law degrees. David Perry, How Did Lawyers Become "Doctors"?, 84 NYS Bar Journal 20 (June 2012). (not available on the internet)
This author concludes that JD's are indeed doctors and cites to several bar association opinions stating that it is appropriate for a lawyer to use the title doctor, particularly if he or she is in academic setting. Though the focus on the article was not on whteher lawyers are doctors( the focus was on the types of degrees that have been awarded), the rational appears to be that law schools did not intitially require to have undergraduate degrees. Now all law schools do and they made the degree uniform. Every law school in the country today issues a JD degree.
Sorry, but I still do not buy that. It is not that I do not think that a law degree is on the P.hd level-I do. I certainly do not believe that a JD degree is on the level of a Masters. My view is simply that JD degrees are different. It is neither a doctorate or a masters.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein