Making The Class of 2018: Top Music Law Schools


From streaming to licensing, touring to property planning, the music is extra advanced and risky than ever. And that’s the place the legal professionals are available in. Whether an artist is a longtime hitmaker or a rising star, new enterprise fashions demand authorized dexterity to chop the perfect offers.

Which legislation colleges most successfully provide that experience to aspiring attorneys? Billboard spotlights 12 establishments because the alma maters of lots of the music ’s most achieved legal professionals.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
City: New York​
Enrollment: 828

The FAME Center at Cardozo Law, which focuses on style, the humanities, media and leisure, gives greater than 20 music-related programs that deal with subjects together with patent and trademark legislation, antitrust and intellectual-property points, and music legislation. The college regularly provides occasions to counterpoint the scholars’ expertise: The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal not too long ago hosted Back to the Future of Music Sampling, and the college additionally staged New York Right of Publicity Law: Reimagining Privacy and the First Amendment within the Digital Age. Alumnus Jason Boyarski, a companion in Boyarski Fritz and the lawyer for Prince’s property, penned an article for the college’s alumni journal emphasizing the significance of artists realizing the price of their catalogs and placing property plans in place.

Alumni: Google senior counsel John LaBarre, Sony Music Entertainment govt vp enterprise affairs/normal counsel Julie Swidler

Brooklyn Law School​
City: Brooklyn 
Enrollment: 923

An leisure legislation course, an leisure legislation workshop and a certificates in mental property, media and data legislation are all supplied at Brooklyn Law. The college additionally enhances its curriculum with particular occasions, a lot of which highlight alumni within the . The Brooklyn Law School Entertainment and Sports Law Society not too long ago co-hosted a night with Marty Singer, a founding companion of Lavely & Singer, whose shoppers embody Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Martin Scorsese. And at its annual alumni affiliation luncheon, Brooklyn Law honored Allen J. Grubman, founding father of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks; Hannah Cao, normal counsel for China’s Silk Road Fund; and Andrew Rausa, lead promoting/privateness counsel for Facebook.

Alumnae: Interscope Geffen A&M govt vp city operations Nicole Wyskoarko, ASCAP senior vp membership Nneka Norville, BET Networks director of company social duty Nicole George-Middleton

Columbia Law School
City: New York​

As a New York establishment, the presence of Columbia Law School reverberates across the Big Apple, and never simply within the courts: Classical conductor and alumnus Alvise Casellati has led free performances of Italian opera in Central Park for the previous two summers. Aside from its sturdy course choice, the college additionally gives an externship on arts and leisure legislation by which college students achieve expertise in mental property, leisure and nonprofit legislation helping workers attorneys at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. The student-edited quarterly Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts covers authorized points involving the leisure, sports activities, IP and communications industries. Alumnus Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, spoke on campus in February as a part of the dean’s distinguished speaker collection.

Alumni: Loeb & Loeb companion Jonathan Zavin, Sony Music Entertainment senior vp/deputy normal counsel/chief compliance, ethics and privateness officer Wade Leak

Fordham University School of Law
City: New York​
Enrollment: 1,242

Fordham’s Media and Entertainment Law Society sponsors a wide range of programming, together with “Lunch and Learn” occasions the place attorneys practising in media and leisure focus on their profession paths. In March, the society hosted its fourth annual Entertainment Law Symposium, an occasion that explores authorized points going through the media and leisure industries and gives a possibility for college students, school and practitioners to community with thought leaders within the company and educational realms. This 12 months’s symposium featured in-house counsel from Madison Square Garden Co., iHeartworkMedia and Paradigm Talent Agency, amongst others.

Alumni: Nixon Peabody companion Julian Petty, Warner Music Group govt vp/normal counsel Paul Robinson

Georgetown University Law Center
City: Washington, D.C.
Enrollment: 1,749

New in 2018 to Georgetown Law’s industry-focused choices is the experiential Advanced Legal Writing: Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Workshop, which enhances present lessons centered on music legislation, leisure legislation and the legislation and enterprise of TV. The college additionally simply added intellectual-property legislation pioneer Madhavi Sunder to its full-time school. The Georgetown Law Entertainment & Media Alliance hosted a current panel dialogue on scorching subjects and careers in IP legislation, the Art Law Association sponsored the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation’s ninth annual convention, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association supplies applications that discover varied features of IP legislation, together with patent, copyright, trademark, trade-secret and associated antitrust points.

Alumnus: Sony Music Entertainment govt vp enterprise and authorized affairs, worldwide Stu Bondell

Harvard Law School
City: Cambridge, Mass.
Enrollment: 1,757

This 12 months’s Harvard Law curriculum features a class protecting leisure and media legislation, a course on music and digital media, and an leisure legislation clinic to enrich its many intellectual-property and contracts-focused lessons. Students also can moonlight on the authorized companies clinic, Recording Artists Project, the place they achieve hands-on expertise working with native musicians. The clinic celebrates its 20th 12 months in October with a gala keynoted by leisure lawyer and alumnus Donald Passman. This previous 12 months, as a part of Harvard Law’s bicentennial celebration, the college held a Harvard Law School within the Arts occasion, with alumnus Clive Davis serving as honorary chairman. He additionally spoke to college students concerning the 2017 documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

Alumnus: Spotify normal counsel/vp enterprise and authorized affairs Horacio Gutierrez

Loyola Law School Los Angeles
City: Los Angeles
Enrollment: 1,019

Loyola Law this 12 months added an Entertainment Fellows Program, by which chosen college students obtain sensible coaching and mentorship alternatives within the authorized and enterprise affairs departments at main file labels and Hollywood studios. It additionally augmented its course choices, together with a music legislation class and programs on worldwide mental property, and “Right of Publicity,” a have a look at the monetization of musician and different celeb photos. The college’s Entertainment Concentration & Practicum Mentor-Mentee luncheon featured classes on music enterprise and authorized affairs. The college advantages from its location: A category exploring actuality TV and new media visited the set of NBC’s The Voice for a have a look at points that come up with showrunners and manufacturing authorized counsel.

Alumni: King & Ballow companion Richard Busch; Joe Escalante, KungFu Records founder and member of The Vandals

New York University School of Law
City: New York
Enrollment: 1,364

NYU Law opinions its curriculum associated to music and leisure every year to make sure college students are on the slicing fringe of authorized developments in these industries. Among the choices for 2018-19 are lessons exploring copyright legislation, company technique and finance in leisure and media, and labor and employment within the leisure . The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society applications panels, native occasions and networking alternatives together with current audio system Lynn Gonzalez, vp enterprise and authorized affairs at Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings and East Coast labels shared companies, and HBO vp authorized affairs Kesari Ruza. Additionally, the Art Law Society gives lectures, panel displays, gallery visits and conversations with practitioners, lecturers, artists and different college students.

Alumni: Pryor Cashman companion Donald Zakarin, Michelman & Robinson companion Michael Poster

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
City: Berkeley, Calif.
Enrollment: 936

Music and leisure are pervasive within the programs and the tradition of UC Berkeley’s legislation college, often called Boalt Hall. The college gives a perennially well-liked course on leisure legislation, and this fall added a category that probes social justice points in leisure and media legislation. Upcoming are programs in leisure legislation centered on TV and mental property within the music . The college additionally hosts an annual Sports and Law convention; it not too long ago held an occasion with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who talked with college students about internet neutrality. Students on the college’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic helped the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, Calif., state its case for preserving on-line video video games that in any other case could also be misplaced to time. Students performed analysis, recruited witnesses, wrote briefs and testified at a U.S. Copyright Office public listening to in Los Angeles.

Alumnus: Universal Music Group normal counsel/govt vp enterprise and authorized affairs Jeffrey Harleston

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
Enrollment: 942

This previous 12 months, UCLA Law launched a Music Industry Clinic created by veteran music lawyer Susan Genco, president of Azoff MSG Entertainment, the place college students be taught fundamentals of legal guidelines governing the music and work professional bono to assist impartial artists and producers forge licensing agreements and band agreements, amongst different duties. The clinic launched in tandem with the college’s new Documentary Film Legal Clinic. UCLA Law additionally hosted its annual Entertainment Symposium, that includes FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and Paramount Pictures COO Andrew Gumpert, in addition to a number of classes the place alumni who’re leisure attorneys returned to campus to speak to college students. AEG Presents president/CEO Dan Beckerman was one current speaker.

Alumni: Ziffren Brittenham companion John Branca, Loeb & Loeb companion John Frankenheimer

University of Pennsylvania Law School
City: Philadelphia
Enrollment: 736

Penn Law’s attain within the music extends properly past Philly. Students not too long ago landed internships at firms starting from Comcast and Spotify to Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records. On campus, they’ll immerse themselves in over a dozen entertainment-related programs and achieve hands-on expertise on the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic, which represents leisure shoppers. Penn additionally packs in extracurricular occasions, together with current seminars on the #TimesUp motion, music licensing, variety in leisure and digital media, and the way forward for leisure, in addition to a go to from composer Jonathan Wolff, who scored music for the TV reveals Seinfeld and Will & Grace. John Legend, a Penn ’99 undergrad, final 12 months joined the board of a Penn Law legal justice heart, as did his supervisor, alumnus Ty Stiklorius.

Alumni: Def Jam Recordings govt vp/GM Rich Isaacson, Sony Music Entertainment senior vp enterprise and authorized affairs David Jacoby, Train drummer Drew Shoals

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
City: Los Angeles
Enrollment: 615

Like the itself, the music- and entertainment-focused curriculum at USC Gould is continually evolving. This 12 months, the college added two programs: “Digital Media Transactions,” which focuses on enterprise, authorized and monetary points that relate to the creation, financing and exploitation of digital media, and “Information Privacy Law,” whose subjects embody privateness and the media, shopper information and behavioral promoting. Those lessons be part of a sturdy roster that options the perennially well-liked “Music Law in Practice,” taught by alumnus Corey Field, an lawyer who served as president of the Copyright Society of the USA, a nonprofit scholarly group that examines copyright points.

Alumni: Barnes & Thornburg companion Jason Karlov, Walt Disney Co. vp authorized affairs Susan Kigawa, 20th Century Fox govt vp enterprise affairs Ted Russell

This article initially appeared within the Oct. 20 subject of Billboard.