Originally Posted by rdawson808
You could argue that both the PhD and MD are terminal degrees while the JD is not (and was traditionally a Bachelors level degree). I would put MBA and JD in the same catagory, LLM and MA/MS in the same, and throw SJD in with PhD and MD. But that's just me.
Actually, in law, the Juris Doctor degree is
the terminal degree, just like the MD is the terminal degree in medicine. An SJD (doctor of juridical science) is an academic
degree that some law schools offer and is not a step above the JD.
Someone with a JD getting a SJD is the same as someone with an MD getting a PhD in something like Internal Medicine. The MD is the highest professional degree in the medical field, but their are other academic degrees that physicians might be interested in, just like the JD is the highest professional degree in the legal field but their might be other academic degrees that lawyers might be interested in.
Since a JD is a doctoral level degree just like the PhD and the MD, I don't see why it makes more since to lump it in with the MBA and MA, which are Master level degrees. In fact, if anything the MD is more similar to the JD than it is to a PhD.