Southwestern Recognized as One of Top 10 Law Schools for Entertainment Law
Southwestern was featured in "America's Top 10 Entertainment Law Schools" 2012 ranking in The Hollywood Reporter, which "evaluated course offerings, practical training, and the esteemed alumni of the nation's more than 200 law schools to create [a] first-ever list of the best spots for a stellar showbiz education."
Southwestern, home of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, ranked fourth in the country, just behind Harvard (#3) and above Columbia (#5), UC Berkeley (#6), and Loyola (#7). Other schools on the list were UCLA (#1), USC (#2), Stanford (#8), Vanderbilt (#9) and Fordham (#10).
"We are very pleased and not surprised about this significant ranking by The Hollywood Reporter," Dean Austen Parrish said. "Southwestern has the largest contingent of full-time entertainment and media law faculty of any law school, and we benefit from an extensive network of alumni and adjunct faculty who hold prominent positions in Hollywood. Our Biederman Institute sponsors more than 60 courses, 50 externships, a special law firm practicum, a scholarly journal, and summer programs in Los Angeles and London."
The magazine also highlighted several prominent Southwestern alumni, such as Shawn Holley '88, Neville Johnson '75, Daniel Petrocelli '80 and John Burke '76, in their list of the "Top 100 entertainment attorneys in America."
Commenting on the recognition, Professor Steven Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute, said, "We are proud to be recognized as one of the very best entertainment and media law programs in the country, and we are not resting on our laurels. We continue to expand and refine our curriculum to adapt to the rapidly changing entertainment and media landscape. Moreover, we will be launching a clinical program in the spring semester, supplementing our robust entertainment company externship and law firm practicum programs with another avenue for students to provide real legal services to entertainment clients. We are always innovating."