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Best Media Law Schools and Degree Programs

Learn about degree programs in media law, which can be found at stand-alone law schools or national and regional universities. Read about the study options at four top-notch schools, and get an idea of where else in the U.S. you can learn about media law.

School Overviews

Aspiring media law specialists can find programs at the University of California, Los Angeles, Chapman University and Southwestern Law School. The programs can lead to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.); some schools offer joint J.D. and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs in media and communications law.

1. University of California, Los Angeles

School Highlight: The school publishes a journal called the Entertainment Law Review.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a teaching and research university that U.S. News & World Report ranked 23rd among national universities in 2015. UCLA's School of Law offers a J.D. with a specialization in entertainment and media law and policy. This 3-year program prepares students for careers in entertainment, government and nonprofit industries. Courses cover the legal aspects of trademarks, copyrights, technology and artistic property.

UCLA Law School also offers a 1-year LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law and Policy program. LL.M. students can complete an externship for course credit, upon approval of the program director.

2. Chapman University in Orange, CA

School Highlight: The program was the first to offer an entertainment law emphasis program.

Chapman University (CU) is a private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked seventh among regional universities in the West for 2015. CU offers programs in law, business and film studies, including an LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law. Courses examine the first amendment, film and television law, copyright law and sports law.

3. Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: The Entertainment and Media Law Institute offers numerous externship opportunities.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Southwestern Law School (SLS) 34th on its list of part-time law programs for 2015. SLS is a private college that offers programs in education, family and entertainment law, which include an LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law. The program is available both on campus and online. Once enrolled, students learn about international comparative media and motion picture production law; they can also take a seminar in entertainment law, which may include topics in newsgathering and broadcasting industries.

Top Media Law Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University in the City of New York Columbia Law School offers dual-degree programs New York, NY
Syracuse University College of Law and School of Public Communications offer a dual J.D. and Master of Science in Public Communications Syracuse, NY
University of Florida Offers an M.A. in Media Law and joint J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. in Mass Communications programs Gainesville, FL
University of Kansas Joint J.D. and M.S. in Journalism program Lawrence, KS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Media Law and Policy Chapel Hill, NC
University of Virginia Ranked tied for eighth-best law school by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 Charlottesville, VA
Yale University Yale Law School offers summer internships through the Knight Law and Media program New Haven, CT

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