Top Family Law Programs: List of Top U.S. Schools

Learn about two law schools with the best family law programs in the U.S. Find out about the family law clinics and school rankings that make these schools stand out.

School Overviews

Top family law programs are offered by the law schools at Columbia University and Indiana University - Bloomington. These schools offer substantial family law coursework and law clinics related to family law issues. Columbia University offers multiple family law clinics and is a highly ranked Ivy League school, while Indiana University offers a concentration area in family law in addition to a family law clinic.

1. Columbia University in the City of New York, NY

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia fourth among law schools in 2015.

Students in Columbia Law School's Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs may choose from a wide variety of available coursework in family law. Topics include trusts and estates, Jewish law, welfare law and domestic violence. Three law clinics related to family law are available to students who are accepted into the clinical education program. These clinics cover topics in sexuality and gender law, prisoners and families and adolescent representation.

2. Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

School Highlight: One of the top 35 law schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2015.

JD students at the Maurer School of Law can choose the family law area of focus. This focus includes the study of family law issues, such as same-sex marriage, abortion, gender roles, adoption, divorce and division of property. Coursework includes children and the law, estate planning, disability law and feminist jurisprudence. Second- and third-year law students can gain experience in the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic. Graduate and joint-degree programs are also available.

Top Family Law Programs

School Name Distinction Location
DePaul University The College of Law at DePaul University has 13 centers and institutes Chicago, IL
Harvard University Interested students can gain hands-on experience through the Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic Cambridge, MA
Hofstra University LL.M. program in family law is unique to the eastern U.S. and one of only a few such programs in the nation Hempstead, NY
Loyola University Chicago Offers an LLM in Child and Family Law program on a full-time or part-time basis, with some online classes Chicago, IL
Syracuse University Hands-on practice is available through the Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic Syracuse, NY
University of California - Berkeley The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy offers study in family and economic security Berkeley, CA
University of Colorado at Boulder Offers a juvenile and family law track Boulder, CO
University of Florida The Levin College of Law hosts the Center on Children and Families Gainesville, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Students can gain experience by providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence through the Family Law ProjectAnn Arbor, MI
University of Oregon Hosts a Domestic Violence Clinic and the Child Advocacy Project Eugene, OR

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