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Top Schools with Corporate Law Degree Programs

Learn about corporate law programs, a specialization students can pursue while earning a Juris Doctor. Find out what four top schools have to offer in terms of academic awards and reputation, and review highlights of other schools in the U.S. with corporate law programs.

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Corporate law programs can be found at high-ranking schools like Stanford University, New York University and the University of San Diego and may lead to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate Law or an LL.M. with a specialization in corporate law. Once enrolled, students can take courses in corporate finance, corporate bonds and global business transactions.

1. Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

School Highlight: Executive education programs that focus on law, conflict resolution, policy and business are available.

Stanford University is a private college that U.S. News & World Report ranked tied for fourth on its list of national universities for 2015. Stanford's Law School offers an LL.M. in Corporate Governance and Practice. The program is designed for foreign lawyers interested in bankruptcy, securities and finance. Courses include topics in corporate finance, corporate acquisitions and income taxation, among other areas.

2. New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight: School of Law offers nine full-time LL.M. degrees.

New York University (NYU) is a private, research-based institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 32nd among national universities in 2015. NYU's School of Law offers an LL.M. with a specialization in corporation law. The program is targeted towards foreign lawyers interested in U.S. legal and global business regulations. Once admitted, students investigate U.S. corporate law and take additional courses in corporate bonds, venture capital, entertainment law and financial development.

3. The University of San Diego in San Diego, CA

School Highlight: Law school has study abroad programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The University of San Diego (USD) is a private institution that made The Princeton Review's survey of 'The Best 379 Colleges' in 2015. USD's School of Law offers a J.D. (Juris Doctor) with a program emphasis on business and corporate law. Required coursework includes the study of corporations, corporate taxation and securities regulation. Other courses cover antitrust issues, bankruptcy, corporate finance and international business transactions; students also receive training in business planning.

Similar coursework can be found in the LL.M. in Business and Corporate Law program, which also includes coursework in securities regulations. Degree requirements include at least two research papers or a thesis on corporate law and business.

Top Corporate Law Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Three-year J.D./MBA degree New York, NY
Harvard University Offers joint J.D./Master, J.D./Ph.D. and J.D./LL.M. programs Cambridge, MA
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Dual-degree partnerships with four partner schools Lansing, MI
University of Pennsylvania Law school published six different journals, including the Journal of Business Law Philadelphia, PA
University of Richmond School of Law offers an externship opportunity in corporate law Richmond, VA
University of Texas at Austin On Corporate Counsel Day, students meet with corporate attorneys Austin, TX
Yale University Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law exposes students to contemporary issues in business law New Haven, CT
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