Contract law is a common subject in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program's required curriculum. Some law schools also offer concentration options, advanced classes, workshops and research opportunities in contract law and related fields, like commercial and transactional law.
The schools discussed here are among the top ranked law schools in the country, per U.S. News and World Report in 2016, and they all offer excellent training in contract law.
1. Columbia University in New York, NY
The Center for Contract and Economic Organization focuses on the research of contracts, firms and organizations to help the exchange of ideas between economists and legal scholars.
In addition to first-year contract law courses, students at Columbia University can take part in conferences and workshops offered by the school's Center for Contract and Economic Organization. The center's faculty and research fellows study the economics of contract theory and business organization.
The school was tied for #4 on the U.S. News and World Report's list of the top law schools for 2016.
2. Georgetown University in Washington, DC
Students come to study international law, environmental law and health care law at Georgetown University from all over the world.
Georgetown is a private Catholic university and it's law school was ranked 14th on the U.S. News & World Report's list of top law schools in the U.S. in 2016. Georgetown University Law Center's J.D. program is offered in both full-time and part-time formats. Upper-level students can tailor their education in a number of areas of study, including commercial and advanced contract law.
Joint degrees are offered by the Law Center for students to study their J.D. in tandem with a number of graduate degrees from schools like Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. Specialized programs are available, like the Global Law Scholars and Public Interest Law Scholars. There are also courses in commercial and advanced contract law.
3. Boston University in Boston, MA
Students can study transactional law as part of J.D. and LL.M. degree programs. Law students at Boston University who are interested in contract law can take courses through the transactional law degree program. J.D. students have the option to earn a formal concentration in the field.
Relevant course offerings include contract drafting, health care transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and international business transactions, among others. Students can also get practical experience through a simulation course.
For 2016, Boston University was tied for #20 on the U.S. News and World Report's list of the best law schools in the country.
Top Contract Law Schools
Here are a few more of the best schools for contract law:
|Fordham University||Contract practice available through the Community Economic Development Clinic||Bronx, NY|
|George Washington University||Publishes quarterly student-edited Public Contract Law Journal||Washington, DC|
|Harvard University||Students can practice contract law through Transactional Law Clinics||Cambridge, MA|
|New York University||Center for Law, Economics, and Organization offers specialized classes that include contracts||New York, NY|
|Northwestern University||Contract practice available through the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Entrepreneurship Law Center||Evanston, IL|
|Stanford University||Hosts a Organizations and Transactions Clinic as part of its Mills Legal Clinic||Stanford, CA|
|University of Chicago||Students practice contract work through clinical training||Chicago, IL|
|Washington University||Contract practice is available through the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic||Saint Louis, MO|
Aspiring lawyers who want focused training in contract law can find coursework and clinical opportunities in the field as they earn their J.D. degrees.