Schools with Economic Law Degree Programs: How to Choose

While programs specifically focusing on economic law don't exist, there are programs that combine economic and legal disciplines. These include undergraduate economic degree programs with a concentration in pre-law, graduate dual-degree programs and international economic law programs. There are several considerations to bear in mind when choosing an economic law program.

There are law schools around the country that enable students to learn about both economics and the law. One of the more common dual-degree graduate programs awards a Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in law and economics.

Top 10 Law Schools

U.S. News & World Report deemed the following institutions to be the best law schools in the United States 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

School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations to remember when choosing an economic law program:

  • Make sure that the program you choose includes coursework in key financial and economic issues, such as contracts, business regulatory practices, intellectual property and anti-trust concerns.
  • To save time and money, individuals can look into joint degree programs at the graduate level that lead to both a J.D. and Ph.D. in economics and law.
  • Some schools offer Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economics programs that concentrate on international business policies and regulatory practices. However, many LL.M programs are intended for foreign-educated practicing lawyers and may not be suitable for students educated in the U.S.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Concentration in Pre-Law

The pre-law concentration might include classes covering fundamentals of constitutional law, business law and economics in law. These programs can prepare graduates to enter law school or a graduate degree program related to financial management and national or international economies.

J.D./Ph.D. in Law and Economics

Core coursework typically involves integrated classes about the theory and behavior on the convergence of law and economics. Many joint degree programs allow students to specialize in a particular area of expertise. Some schools require that students apply to both programs simultaneously, while others allow students who hold a J.D. to later enter the law and economics Ph.D. program.

LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law

A J.D. is usually necessary for entry to this program, which might require completion of 24-42 credits. Degree programs of this type tend to be highly customizable and allow students to select a specific are of focus.

Aspiring lawyers who want to learn about both economics and the law can pursue several different educational tracks, depending on their particular interests in the field.

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