Southwestern, Columbia, and Loyola Los Angeles Have the Top Entertainment Law Programs, According to Law Street’s New Rankings


Law Street Media, LLC
Chelsey D. Goff


NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, August 25, 2014. Southwestern Law School, Columbia Law School, and Loyola Law School Los Angeles have the top three programs in the country for Entertainment Law, according to new rankings released today by Law Street Media.

Rounding out the Top 10 Entertainment Law programs are the law schools at UCLA, USC, Fordham, NYU, Villanova, Vanderbilt, and Stanford.

Top honorable mentions include the law schools at Harvard, Georgetown, Tulane, the University of Chicago, and the University of California-Berkeley.

The program at Villanova was a surprise addition to the list of more widely known entertainment law curriculums. The school offered an extensive series of classes in the discipline, with a particular emphasis on sports law. Vanderbilt was another stand-out program, with a strong offering of extracurricular and networking opportunities for their entertainment law students.

Law Street’s Entertainment Law rankings are the last of a five-part series of Law School Specialty Rankings released throughout the summer. These rankings join the four prior specialties, including intellectual property, environment & energy, business, and healthcare law. Law Street’s rankings were created with the recognition that the law school market is rapidly changing. Enrollment is down, and law schools increasingly seek ways to stand out. Law Street’s specialty rankings represent a new and innovative way to measure the opportunities given to students, and the breadth of specialty education provided by each of these programs.

“We undertook this ongoing project because of the insufficiency of existing rankings such as those published by U.S. News that overlook meritorious programs,” said John A. Jenkins, Founder and CEO of Law Street Media. “In the current competitive marketplace both for law schools as well as new graduates, it is vital to drill down into the specialties and take a closer look at which programs truly offer the greatest value. Tuition payers need to be fully informed. The fact that we found some unheralded-yet-excellent programs is good news for anyone considering the major tuition investment that law school has become.”

Law Street’s rankings take into account a wide variety of factors, including specialty courses offered; graduates employed in the specialty; proximity to subject-relevant employment centers; networking and extracurricular opportunities; and how the program is rated by others.

Read the full set of Specialty Rankings here. Click here for the Enviroment & Energy Law rankings, here for Business, here for Intellectual Property Law, and here for Healthcare Law rankings.

Law Street is an open-access web-based media platform covering law and public policy. It was founded as a way to provide a single essential resource to law students and young professionals in the rapidly-evolving legal industry. Read the press release about Law Street’s recent launch here, and see the Publishers Weekly story about our company here. Law Street’s Founder and CEO is journalist and author John A. Jenkins, formerly President and Publisher of CQ Press. Read more about John and the rest of the Law Street team here.

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