This is immensely helpful, Prof, thanks.
I suppose I should clarify the 'stupid' remark.
I was just starting my Ph.D. when I scooted off to law school, so I still have a lot of friends polishing off their dissertations and am only a branch removed from academia. I was referring specifically to what seems to be a ridiculous amount of credential inflation. If indeed you had needed an HYSCO degree to be competitive, then odds are you probably want to go to the U of T, which means you increasingly need an advanced degree just for the undergraduate legal degree. (Is it more than 40% of applicants that have graduate degrees now?)
So, four years of undergrad, two years of a Master's, three years of law school, two more in an LL.M. and three to four in an S.J.D. is fifteen years.
Conversely, if you're going to be a subject matter expert, that's four years of undergrad, two years of a Master's, a year of coursework, a year of comps, four to seven years of dissertation, probably a year or two of post-doc, and then three more for a J.D. and possibly an LL.M., for a span of fifteen to twenty-two years of post-secondary education.
So after your 15-22 year span (age 18 to 33-40, assuming you've never worked), it's almost time to get on the market, but you're probably looking for conferences, grants and publications for a year or two first to get yourself lined up for a good first placement.
That actually suggests that if you're really diligent about legal academics from the start and never get called to the Bar or work to pay off any of what will likely be significantly more than $100,000 of student debt, then you'll be in line to enter the workplace between the ages of 35 and 42, with a small house to pay off before you can even think about starting a family. Plus, to start, you're probably only making the Canadian average of $70,000-$80,000 if you hit the jackpot and get a tenured position.
That's all I meant. It seems to be asking a lot. I'd be perfectly comfortable with a B.A.-J.D.-LL.M. professor, and even a Ph.D.-J.D. professor seems to be asking a lot of sacrifice before allowing our academics to seek gainful employment.