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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Columbia Law School

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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