Top Family Law Programs: List of Top U.S. Schools
Learn about two law schools with the best family law programs in the U.S. Find out about the family law clinics and school rankings that make these schools stand out.
Top Family Law School Overviews
Top family law programs are offered by the law schools at Columbia University and Indiana University - Bloomington. These schools offer substantial family law coursework and law clinics related to family law issues. Columbia University offers multiple family law clinics and is a highly-ranked Ivy League school, while Indiana University offers a concentration area in family law in addition to a family law clinic.
1. Columbia University in the City of New York
U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia fourth among law schools in 2010. Students in Columbia Law School's Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs may choose from a wide variety of available coursework in family law. Topics include trusts and estates, Jewish law, welfare law and meaning in motherhood. Three family law clinics are available to students who are accepted into the clinical education program. These clinics cover topics in sexuality and gender law, prisoners and families and adolescent representation.
2. Indiana University - Bloomington
Indiana University was ranked 27th among law programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. JD students at the Maurer School of Law can choose the family law area of focus. This focus includes courses in family law issues, such as gay marriage, abortion gender roles, adoption, divorce and division of property. Coursework also includes children and the law, estate planning, disability law and feminist law. Second and third-year law students can gain experience in the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic.
Good Family Law Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|University of Florida||50,691||355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611||(352) 392-3261|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||42,347||107 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405||(812) 855-4848|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of California - Berkeley||35,830||Berkeley, CA 94720||(510) 642-6000|
|University of Colorado at Boulder||33,010||Regent Dr. at Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309||(303) 492-1411|
|University of Iowa||28,987||101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316||(319) 335-3500|
|University at Buffalo||28,881||3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214||(716) 645-2000|
|Harvard University||27,651||Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138||(617) 495-1000|
|DePaul University||25,072||55 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604||(312) 362-8000|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|University of Oregon||22,335||110 Johnson Hall, Eugene, OR 97403||(541) 346-1000|
|Syracuse University||19,638||Syracuse, NY 13244||(315) 443-1870|
|Georgetown University||16,520||37th and O St. NW, Washington, DC 20057||(202) 687-0100|
|Loyola University Chicago||15,879||1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660||(312) 915-6000|
|Emory University||12,930||408 Administration Bldg., 201 Dowman Dr., Atlanta, GA 30322||(404) 727-6123|
|Hofstra University||12,068||100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549||(516) 463-6600|
|Washburn University||6,652||1700 S.W. College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621||(785) 670-1010|
|University of Baltimore||6,265||Charles at Mount Royal, Baltimore, MD 21201||(410) 837-4200|
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