Criminal law is a field of law focusing on criminal acts such as drug use, fraud, abuse, assault, theft, murder or robbery. There are many colleges and universities that cover this aspect of the law in their J.D. programs.
Top Ten Law Schools
According to U.S. News & World Report, these ten schools had the best law programs in 2016:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition and fees (2015-2016)*|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||Private||$58,050|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||Private||$58,242|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||Private||$56,274|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||Private||$62,700|
|University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Private||$56,916|
|New York University||New York, NY||Private||$59,330|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||Private||$58,918|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||Public||$48,679 in-state, $52,630 out-of-state|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||Public||$53,112 in-state, $56,112 out-of-state|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||Public||$54,000 in-state, $57,000 out-of-state|
Source: *U.S. News & World Report
University Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a law school:
- Select a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association.
- While typical law school classes include constitutional law, criminal procedures, criminal law and evidence, you may want to consider a school that offers advanced classes related to criminal law.
- Research what percentage of graduates actually pass the Bar Exam, which confers the certification necessary to become a practicing attorney in one's state.
- Make sure that your scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) make you a competitive applicant for admission.
J.D. applicants who are interested in criminal law can find many schools that include the subject within their curriculum, including some of the nation's top universities.