Although it is not possible to earn a degree specifically in contract law, it is covered extensively within JD programs.
Top 10 Law Schools
The following ten institutions were ranked as the top law schools by U.S. News & World Report 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
The following factors are worth considering when choosing a law school:
- Students should verify that the program and school has been accredited by the American Bar Association, the accrediting body for law schools. The ABA has accredited just 200 law schools.
- Students may want to find out about the pass rates for graduates on the bar exam, which can be an indicator of school quality.
- Students may want to find out about the externships and clinics that the school offers in order to find out if there are any contract law-related programs available.
- Prospective students should consider the school's national ranking, as well-respected schools can open doors to employment or judicial clerkship opportunities after graduation.
Juris Doctor (JD) Programs
After completing an undergraduate degree, aspiring lawyers can enroll in a three-year JD program at an accredited law school. The first year of the program typically consists of a comprehensive overview of the field. Because contract law is a critical aspect of many legal subfields, coursework in the subject is usually included in the first year. From there, students may choose more specialized electives, such as tax law and corporate law, which often involve contract law. Upon graduation, aspiring lawyers are prepared to take the bar exam so that they can start practicing in the field.
Students who are interested in contract law should seek highly ranked, accredited law schools that offer relevant hands-on training opportunities.