A philosopher at a state university writes:
I’m hoping to impose upon your good will and perhaps that of your blog(s) readers. I'm a soon-to-be tenured philosopher doing ethical theory and history of ethics who regularly teaches philosophy of law. I'm up for sabbatical year after next and I'm contemplating pursuing a Masters in Legal Studies. It would certainly deepen my teaching and hopefully open some scholarly vistas — and it seems like it would just be intellectually worthwhile in its own right. I wonder if you or your readers have any thoughts on or experience with these degrees and if you're / they're aware of any fellowship /funding opportunities to help with the cost, as I'm sure my cash-strapped state institution won't be able to pony up much in addition to sabbatical support. Everything I’ve seen so far appears to be support for people pursuing JDs who plan to become law professors. The law schools offering the MSL (e.g., Yale, Stanford, Pitt, Arizona State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Toledo) vary greatly in quality and reputation. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Qua law schools, Yale and Stanford are obviously the best, but for philosophers, Yale is likely to be more congenial; Arizona State would also be a congenial law school for a philosopher. I do not know how funding works. Readers with information/experience, please post in the comments. I will also solicit input from readers of my law school blog.