Top Law Schools: 11 Colleges and Universities Where Hollywood's Power Lawyers Got Started

9:00 AM 4/22/2016

by Brian Porreca and Ashley Cullins

From UCLA to Cornell, the institutions that have produced the industry's most powerful attorneys.

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  • UCLA Law School

    Los Angeles, 23 alums

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from Ken Ziffren, the school recently established the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

  • USC School of Law

    Los Angeles, 13 alums

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    The school's 2015 institute on entertainment law and business featured a keynote from Norman Lear and drew nearly 750 industry professionals.

  • Harvard Law School

    Cambridge, Mass., 12 alums

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    Its entertainment clinic and recording artist project give students an opportunity to work with artists and music publishers to draft contracts and advise on copyright and trademark law.

  • UC Berkeley School of Law

    Berkeley, Calif., 12 alums

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    Its ninth annual Legal Frontiers in Digital Media conference will include a seminar devoted to Vine, Snapchat and Periscope.

  • Columbia Law School

    New York, 9 alums

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    It's also the headquarters for the U.S. branch of Association Litteraire et Artistique, an organization founded in Paris to protect literary and artistic property.

  • Southwestern Law School

    Los Angeles, 5 alums

    It's not considered a top-tier school, but it produces a lot of Hollywood lawyers. An entertainment and the arts legal clinic helps.

  • Loyola Law School

    Los Angeles, 4 alums

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    Along with its strong network of entertainment lawyers, the school partners with Peking University Law School to offer an annual U.S.-China Entertainment Law Program.

  • Georgetown Law Center

    Washington, D.C., 4 alums

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    Hollywood and D.C. aren't that different. The school held its ninth annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium in February that included a panel titled "The Impact of Digital Media on Talent, Production and Distribution Deals."

  • Brooklyn Law School

    Brooklyn, 3 alums

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    It might not be as prestigious, but the school has a dedicated entertainment law course co-taught by Vernon Brown, who represented the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

  • Cornell Law School

    Ithaca, N.Y., 3 alums

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    All first-year students are enrolled in the school's Lawyering Program, which teaches oral presentation and counseling in addition to writing — skills that come in handy in entertainment.

  • George Washington University Law School

    Washington, D.C., 3 alums

    Through its leading intellectual property program, the school offers a four-week IP immersion experience in Munich.