Friday, November 11, 2011

Should Lawyers Call themselves "Doctors"?

Well, strictly, speaking, since lawyers have Juris Doctor degrees they can legitimately and truthfully call themselves "doctors". Perhaps in much the same way a PhD in Philosophy, Chemistry, Chicano Studies, Education or Mechanical Engineering can call themselves "Doctors". My own view is that the only people who should be called "Doctors" are those individuals who can fix a broken leg, prescribe medications, conduct a surgical operation. No disrespect to PhD's and my J.D. brethren, but I always found references to these "non M.D." groups as "Doctors", while again, strictly speaking true, largely pompous and over-reaching. Here, there is an interesting piece from the Above the Law Blog.


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