Law schools around the country offer options for training in corporate law. Degree programs include the J.D./MBA and the Master of Laws (LL.M.), and professional certificates are also available.
Top 10 Law Schools
Based on 2016 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, these are the top ten law schools in the United States:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and fees (2015-2016)**|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., joint degrees||$58,050|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Master's, PhD, joint degrees||$58,242|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||Private||J.D., J.S.D., Master's, joint degrees||$56,274|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.||$62,700|
|University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Master's||$56,916|
|New York University||New York, NY||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Master's, Professional Certificate||$59,330|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||Private||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Master's||$58,918|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||Public||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., joint degrees||$48,679 in-state, $52,630 out-of-state|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||Public||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.||$53,112 in-state, $56,112 out-of-state|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||Public||J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., joint degrees||$54,000 in-state, $57,000 out-of-state|
Source: *School websites, **U.S. News & World Report
School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when searching for a program in this field:
- Seek programs that include bar exam preparation.
- Make sure you meet admission requirements before settling on a program.
- Search for a school that offers courses in corporate law.
- Look for a program that offers New Lawyers Training (NLT) if required by the state in which you plan to work.
Juris Doctorate (J.D.)/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Those studying corporate law may be able to earn a J.D. in conjunction with an MBA through a joint degree program. Students can expect to learn about topics like corporate finance, taxation and antitrust law.
Master of Laws
A Master of Laws (LL.M) is an advanced professional degree program available to students who have earned their J.D. In an LL.M. program, students can choose a concentration in corporate law. The program and courses are often customized to meet the student's needs.
Professional Certificate in Law and Business
Students may consider obtaining a postgraduate certificate tailored to their area of interest if they didn't specialize in corporate law during law school. A certificate program provides specific training in business law.
Students who are interested in corporate law can get relevant business and legal training from some of the country's top law schools.