Billboard’s Leading Music Law Schools of 2017

So you want to become a music lawyer. Music is your passion. You love the industry and ache for the opportunity to work with the performers, songwriters and producers creating chart-topping hits.

Entering this highly completive practice area is challenging for young attorneys, but graduating from the right law school could be your key to the industry.  Before you hand in your law school applications, you should consider applying to one of Billboard’s Leading Music Law Schools of 2017.

Here are the 12 schools that made the Billboard list in alphabetical order: 

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • Loyola Law School
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Yale School of Law


The schools were ranked by the number of accomplished alumni practicing in the music industry.  Notable alumni include UC Berkley Law School alum Jeffery Harleston, General Counsel and VP of Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group; Fordham Law graduate Paul Robinson, Executive VP and General Counsel of Warner Music Group; and Cordozo Law graduate Julie Swidler, Executive VP of Business Affairs and General Counsel of Sony Music Entertainment.

Sure, many of the top music lawyers influencing the Billboard list came from elite law schools, but they also went to law school in geographic areas with established ties to the music industry such as New York, California and Miami. Finding a law school in these regions with a strong music law program may give you the boost you need to jumpstart your music law career. 

For the full list of schools, their curriculum and their alumni, you can read the original Billboard article here.

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