There is no way on Earth I would do a PhD for free. Funding is out there, so either you are being exploited or your research just isn't worthwhile. Remember that it's a skilled role, working for someone else usually, that already requires some sacrifice, so a living wage should be expected.
As to whether a PhD in general is worth doing... if you want a career in academic law, then stay. If your ultimate goal is to practice law professionally, walk away now and get a job.
I know I'm probably performing necromancy by resurrecting this thread but: The question for me would be whether the technical elements of a humanities PhD actually make you any more desirable to an employeer above everyone else.
I must be the exception then ... I started my PhD in cancer studies at the Uni of Leicester in January 2010 and I will possibly be submitting my thesis in 1 week. I have three publications from my work (highest journal impact factor of just under 14) and I have already started as a Research Associate in my group.
I thrive on the research and - yes - I do the 10 hour days, every day, and don't moan. Having so much success is not solely due to 'luck'. I work very hard at what I do and love it.
While saying this, I am a bit upset at how many PhDs are given out and how apparently 'easy' it is to get one. Universities here in the UK receive a lot of money from non-EU students coming to do their doctorates (upward of 20,000GBP per year). Supervisors then feel pressured, I believe, to award the doctorate even if the work isn't that great.
For me, getting a PhD is the end of the line as a student... it's like completing the race that began when I first went to school when I was 4.
Oh, I really don't know about that. If you're going to continue in research, then the learning never stops!
I'm due to start a PhD soon and I would advise anyone thinking about doing one to get some industrial experience first. I was lucky to have a placement during my degree and the 6 months in industry cemented my opinion that research is the only thing that suits me.
Depends on what field it is, I guess. I'm doing mine in Political Science, and I've discovered that it's about the most useless thing I've done in my life. It's also been a very traumatizing and discouraging experience...
I'm still looking for one myself. I have a small amount of industry experience but I'm finding a lot of funding bodies are insisting that one be resident in the UK for 3 years to qualify for funding.