Top Schools with Corporate Law Degree Programs

Dec 30, 2019

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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Trained lawyers who want to focus on corporate law can earn 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. Corporate law programs can be found at high-ranking schools like Stanford University, New York University, the University of San Diego, and Columbia University. Each one of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report or the Princeton Review for 2020.

Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Stanford University offers executive education programs that focus on law, conflict resolution, policy, and business. Stanford University is a private college that U.S. News & World Report ranked tied for sixth on its list of national universities for 2020. 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.

New York University in New York, NY

New York University 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 tied for 29th among national universities in 2020. NYU's School of Law offers an LL.M. with a specialization in corporate 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.

University of San Diego in San Diego, CA

The University of San Diego's law school has study abroad programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The University of San Diego (USD) is a private institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked tied for 91st among national universities in 2020. 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.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University offers a three-year J.D./MBA degree. Within the LL.M. program at Columbia Law, students can tailor their studies based on their academic interests and professional goals. Those who are interested in corporate law can take relevant course sub-fields such as corporate securities law and transactions, commercial law and transactions, and taxation. They may also participate in deals workshops, which train students to successfully negotiate business deals. Columbia was ranked tied at #3 among all national universities for 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Corporate Law Schools

Now let's take a look at a few other corporate law programs offered at some of the nation's best schools.

School Name Distinction Location
Harvard University Offers joint J.D./Master, J.D./Ph.D. and J.D./LL.M. programs Cambridge, MA
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Offers dual-degree partnerships with four partner schools Lansing, MI
University of Pennsylvania Law School Publishes 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

For lawyers who want to focus specifically on corporate law, there are top-ranked law schools that allow for specialization in the field.

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