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.

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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.

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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 Iowa28,987101 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 University16,52037th 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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