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Best Entertainment Law Schools and Sports Law Schools

Published October 2006, last updated April 2010

National law school rankings do not focus much upon the best entertainment law schools or sports law schools. While our 2005 law school rankings provide an overall picture, this article specifically examines which are the top law schools amongst entertainment law schools and sports law schools.

Please note that there is little information ranking entertainment law schools and sports law schools, so the following information should be verified more so than other national law school rankings presented on Top-Law-Schools.com.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the top entertainment law schools and sports law schools are in the entertainment capitals of the world, California and New York City.

The two of best law schools in California for these specialties are in Los Angeles, UCLA and USC. National law school rankings always put these law schools in the top 25 law schools overall. However, these are top 10 law schools as both Entertainment law schools and sports law schools.

USC generally offers approximately 12 classes on Sports or Entertainment related matters. USC also offers their exceptional alumni network to help students land jobs in these coveted fields, which are often all about connections.

UCLA law school offers up to 16 classes focusing upon entertainment or sports law. UCLA law school is probably the favorite amongst all entertainment law schools or sports law schools for California residents, who only have to pay the low in-state tuition of $11,713.00 (Non-Residents: $22,835.50).

Other California law schools that would be considered top 25 law schools amongst entertainment law schools and sports law schools would be:

Stanford law school – a powerhouse in intellectual property (trademark, copyright and patent law), their excellence also translates to entertainment and sports law. Universally regarded as one of the nation’s best law schools, Stanford offers about 8 Intellectual property law classes focusing upon entertainment law (less sports law at Stanford). Stanford does have its own Entertainment and Sports Law Association.

Loyola Law School – with its location in Los Angeles, it has several classes dedicated to entertainment and Sports law and its own Entertainment and Sports Society.

Pepperdine University – this religious law school is perched in the Malibu hills and generally offers around 8 classes with entertainment/sport focus. Definitely visit this campus before committing to see if its conservative religious views turn you off.

California Western – one of the San Diego law schools which is ranked higher amongst entertainment law schools and sports law schools then in overall national law school rankings, which fail to put this school as a even in the top 100 law schools. California Western generally offers over 12 classes focusing upon sports or entertainment law.

Thomas Jefferson – other of the San Diego law schools which is somewhat respectable amongst entertainment law schools but does very poor in overall law school ratings. About 10 classes in Entertainment law.

On the other coast, several law schools in New York City have excellent entertainment law schools and sports law schools. Please read New York Law Schools Directory for detailed information about these schools. Note that most of the NY law schools focus more upon entertainment rather then sports law.

Of all the law schools in New York City, NYU is regarded as having the best program in entertainment law. NYU is always ranked a one of the top ten law schools in all law school ratings. NYU generally has over fifteen classes focusing upon entertainment law.

Columbia University also amongst the best Entertainment law schools and has an excellent program in Intellectual Property.

Yeshiva (Cardozo School of Law) has at least 12 classes that focus upon entertainment law.

Other good entertainment law schools and sports law schools include (in declining order):

  • Tulane University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Duke University
  • Yale University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Miami
  • Temple University
  • Washington & Lee University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Seattle University

The following are Law school sports and entertainment law societies:

  • Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Society of Columbia Law School
  • Loyola Law School's Entertainment and Sports Law Society
  • University of Tennessee Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Ohio State University Sports and Entertainment Law Association
  • Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Society
  • Hofstra University School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Society
  • Washington University (St. Louis) Sports & Entertainment Law Society
  • GSU College of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Society
  • University of Oregon Sports & Entertainment Law Forum
  • Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association

Just Sports Law Societies:

  • Tulane Sports Law Society
  • Fordham Sports Law Forum
  • Marquette Sports Law Society







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