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Corporate Law Schools with Education Program and Training Information

Corporate law covers the legal regulations, procedures and policies relating to businesses. To practice this field of law, a person must complete a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program. Some schools combine a business and law degree to help give students training in both fields of study in a shorter amount of time.

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.


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