The Best Maritime Law Schools

Maritime law is a specialized field of study involving admiralty, maritime commerce and ocean policy. Depending on the universities, Juris Doctor (J.D.) or a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Marine Affairs may be offered. Some universities may also offer combined J.D. and LL.M. in Marine Law, together with internships and externships.

Here is a list of some of the best maritime law schools in the United States.

The University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

The University of Miami, also known as UM, is a private university established in 1925. Offering graduate programs in law, medicine, business and marine science, it was included in the list of “The Best 376 Colleges” in the nation by the Princeton Review. UM offers a combined Juris Doctor and Master of Professional Science in Marine Affairs and Policy.

Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI

A private non-profit institution, Roger Williams University School of Law, or RWU Law, is the only school of law in RI. RWU Law offers a combined Juris Doctor and master’s degrees in labor relations and human resources, marine affairs and criminal justice. It is included in Princeton Review’s list of “Best 167 Law Schools” of 2012. It is also in partnership with the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Marine Affairs.

Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

Offering research opportunities in liberal arts, Latin American studies as well as tropical medicine, Tulane was ranked 50th on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 list of “National University Rankings”. Tulane University’s Law School offers a J.D. Certificate of Specialization in Maritime Law which students can opt to take during the last two years of their law degrees.

Louisiana State University Sea Grant Legal Program

Louisiana State University Sea Grant Legal Program has participated in coastal policy making for more than 40 years. It offers law students at the Louisiana State University the opportunity to clerk for the program. The LSU law school belongs to the top 100 law schools in the United States.

University of Main School of Law, Marine Law Institute

The Marine Law Institute is part of the University of Maine Center of Law and Innovation. For decades, it has been a guiding force in maritime law policy and development. With a unique focus on the intersection of Maine and natural resources protection and national economic considerations, it is ranked among the top 100 law schools in the US.