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I am interested in pursing either a MD/JD or PharmD/JD joint program. The reason for my post is to get more information on either of the above programs. I want to be lawyer as well as a pharmcist or doctor. I know more about the Pharmd/JD than the MD/JD. I heard pharmcist who are lawyers represent pharmaceutical companies and make 500k+/year. The PharmD/JD is a 7 year program. What about MD/JD? Do you have to do residency? What kind of jobs will you be doing?
If anyone of you is going for any of the above route, please tell more information about it.
This same thread is posted on the pre-med thread so as to get more info from those students.
03-08-2003, 08:33 PM
hey..is this a full time job. like, does a company hire you full time. or do companies just hire you when they need someone to help them out with litigation. in any case, do these guys ever work in a "pharmacy". or do they look into creating their own law practice. it doesn't seem like there would be a great deal of clients for a practice.
As far as i know, you have contract with these giant pharmaceutical companies and may work for a law firm that represents such companies as your knowledege is needed during trials and so on. Your expertise in pharmceutical sciences will be vital during law suits and things like that. You also serve as an consultant for the company. In other words, you get paid whether or not there is a law suit or company investigation
Some pharmd/jds also practice pharmacy at the same time. So, it is one heck of an career in my opnion.
03-10-2003, 06:44 AM
University of Medicine and Dentistry or New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJSOM) has a 7-year DO/JD program.
03-10-2003, 10:44 AM
I have a JD in my class who is working on his MD. Just because you have both degrees (JD/pharmd) does NOT mean you will be making tons of money. In fact, the opportunities to make it worth the extra time are somewhat limited. Sure, there are the 500k jobs a year, but these are the exception, rather than the rule. Phar, you definitely seem confused, based on your statements in your posts as well as messages to me. For example, you took a very extreme example of a poor doctor working 80 hours a week, sleeping at the hospital, making $150k. This is a very extreme case, the same with the 500k/yr figure your posted.
In considering money, look at the mean (or even better median) incomes. Be very careful when considering outliars, such as the situations you mentioned.
08-28-2003, 06:06 PM
Which schools offer the pharmd/jd joint degree?
08-28-2003, 09:10 PM
well USC offers a pharmD/JD program. and i believe it is not 7 years but just 6 years. pretty good deal...
08-28-2003, 10:07 PM
From your previous posts, you were going to medical school this year. Why the interest in Pharm.D./JD....did you decide not to matriculate?
I emailed a Lawyer a while ago , this is what she told me about Lawyers with a pharmD degree. Hopefully this will help you .... or maybe not, since you're more interested in MD/J.D joint degree.
I am an attorney, but not a pharmacist and got into it as a result of representing the Florida Pharmacy Association for several years. I represent pharmacists, pharmacies, drug wholesalers, etc. Yes, I generally enjoy it-it is nice to be an expert in something not many people know about. It is a challenging field with a lot of regulations and laws to keep up with and not that many people in it.
Today I worked on a Medicaid Audit for a chain pharmacy, a legal issue on pharmacy automation for a pharmacy automation company, a public records request for a pharmacy, responding to a disciplinary matter for a pharmacist before the Board of Pharmacy and a compliance manual for a grocery chain pharmacy.
As to job security, most of the pharmacist/attorney jobs are with the drug companies located in NJ and PA or with the FDA in Washington. Look at some of the job websites for pharmacy law jobs. At one point I looked at jobs up there and it seemed like they mainly hired from the Northeast-so you may wish to consider going to school up north. The jobs in private practice of law are secure for so long as you continue to bring in more clients (like most businesses).
The American Society for Pharmacy Law has a website that you may wish to check out.
01-04-2009, 09:29 PM
Hey, I am interested in both a pharmD and JD; however, I feel that from a financial standpoint, it does not make sense because that is 3 extra years without income. Once the pharmD is obtained, a JD can be pursued during the evening while working as a pharmacist part time. I am seriously considering this path, although I am studying for the LSAT as a fall back in case pharmacy school doesn't work out (California pharmacy schools don't require the PCAT btw). On the other hand, it would be much tougher to pursue the JD first and the pharmD after wards (being a part time lawyer isn't possible). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :)
01-05-2009, 06:47 AM
Nice job pulling up a 5 year old thread! lol.
01-07-2009, 05:29 AM
what lawschool has night classes? I know some have part time attendance but that stretchs it to five or six years. Not to mention to my understanding most lawschools ask that you work minimally if at all. But i dont know im just spouting it out.