While you may not find a law degree program specifically in business law, there are a variety of educational options that include coursework in both fields.
Top 10 Law Schools
The U.S. News & World Report's law school rankings from 2016 indicate that these ten schools had the top law programs:
|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
College Selection Criteria
Considerations when searching for a program in this field of study include:
- Search for a school that offers bar exam preparation courses.
- If you want to get a joint degree, look for a program that offers the most efficient dual-degree program.
- If you want to use your business law degree for corporate, entrepreneurial or general business administration interests, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and bar exam isn't necessary, so you may want to consider a standalone master's degree program in the field.
Degree Program Information
The most common way to get a degree in business law is through a dual-degree program. Some schools allow students to take fewer credits for a dual program than they would if they were to take each program separately. For a degree in business law, this often means that a certain number of credits taken from the law program will apply towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and some credits from the business school will apply towards a J.D. degree.
Business law students study basic business information such as operations management, financial management and cost analysis. They also study civil law, constitutional law and criminal law, briefly, but focus mainly on the legal aspects of running a business, corporate responsibility and aspects of the civil court procedure.
If you want to enroll in an interdisciplinary program that covers both business and law, you can find multiple graduate-level degree options. You may improve your chances for career success by enrolling at one of the country's highest-ranked law schools.