Entertainment & Media Law

The rapidly expanding and converging realms of film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports, the news media and the internet open endless possibilities for future lawyers on a global scale. Taking full advantage of our location at the heart of the global entertainment industry, Southwestern established the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in 2000 to help make such opportunities more accessible for our students who aspire to practice law in these fields. Offering the most comprehensive entertainment, media and intellectual property curriculum in the United States, we are proud that Southwestern has been recognized for many years by the legal and entertainment communities for excellence in entertainment law.

We have been listed in the top 10 of The Hollywood Reporter's roster of "America's Top Entertainment Law Schools" six years in a row (2012-2017).

A prestigious executive board and network of alumni occupying important corporate and law firm positions throughout the industry are also very active in serving as mentors to our students.

For students interested in studying abroad, the Biederman Institute offers an international summer program in London, England. We also offer a specialized summer program in Los Angeles.

The Institute sponsors prominent speakers’ series and conferences and publishes the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law in conjunction with the ABA Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries, as well as the Biederman Blog, a cutting-edge entertainment law blog. We also established the nation's first LL.M. degree in entertainment and media law.

LawStreetMedia.com listed us as #1 in their "Top 10 Law Schools for Entertainment Law."

To see a list of Entertainment and Media Law courses taught in the last three years, choose Entertainment and Media Law from the Filter by Area of Law drop-down list on the courses page or click here.