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Ph.D. Program in
Law & Economics

Earn a J.D. and a Ph.D. in law and economics
from a program like no other - based in Vanderbilt Law School

  • Pursue a J.D. and a Ph.D. concurrently
  • Dual-degree students complete both degrees in just six years; Ph.D.-only students complete the Ph.D. in four years
  • Receive a full funding package, including tuition for both degrees and a competitive annual stipend, for all six years
  • Study within a fully integrated curriculum that combines economic theory and methodology with the study of law
  • Be guided by world-class faculty through an innovative law and economics curriculum pursuing policy-relevant research

The program offers four primary research fields:

  • behavioral law and economics
  • labor markets and human resources
  • law and economics
  • risk and environmental regulation

Program graduates are in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions at:

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University at Buffalo
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Texas
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Western Kentucky University

Other program graduates hold positions in government, legal practice, and consulting.

The Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics is currently accepting applications for Fall 2024. Applications received by January 15, 2024 will receive priority consideration.

Admissions Info

How to Apply*

*Applicants who have not taken the LSAT may be eligible to apply GRE-only