Top LL.M. Programs for Media Law / Entertainment Law 2023

If you’re thinking about an LL.M. in Entertainment or Media Law, you probably know that the importance of media, entertainment and technology to the global economy and society at large has grown exponentially in recent years.

There’s huge need for lawyers who understand the myriad legal regimes and complex internet regulations — they are often referred to as the “rock stars of the legal world.” And in terms of the entertainment industry, lawyers are involved at all stages and need to be acquainted with contract law and intellectual property law, among other important topics.

An LL.M in Media or Entertainment Law will address these issues and others in the industry. The best of these specialized programs will probably include classes on trademark law, patent law, new media, intellectual property; and may also focus on specific sectors, such as the music industry or the film industry. 

The law schools that offer the best LL.M.s in Media / Entertainment Law may also be associated with a related research center, focusing on intellectual property law, perhaps, which means they can leverage up-to-date thinking in the course curriculum.  

We’ve charted the Top 10 LL.M.s in Media / Entertainment Law below. 

Los Angeles, California 400 Followers 255 Discussions
USC Gould

A stone’s throw from Hollywood, the University of Southern California’s USC Gould School of Law puts on an LL.M. with a concentration in Media and Entertainment Law. Students receive, in addition to a general LL.M. degree, a certificate in Media and Entertainment Law that demonstrates to employers specialized training in this exciting and growing area of the information economy. 

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London, United Kingdom 941 Followers 904 Discussions

QMUL offers a specialist L.L.M. in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law that can be studied one year full-time or two years part-time in London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice. The School of Law has consistently been ranked among the leading 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of research and teaching. Many of QMUL’s internationally recognized staff advise the media and technology industries. 

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Los Angeles, California 812 Followers 360 Discussions

UCLA is just a few mlles from Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world, which makes it no surprise that the school runs a well-regarded LL.M. specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy. This program covers a number of topics relevant to the industry, with classes on subjects like the music industry, blockchain, and patent law, among others. UCLA also hosts the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law, which serves as a networking platform for students.

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Miami, Florida 165 Followers 98 Discussions
Miami Law

The University of Miami School of Law has its LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law that is distinguished through hands-on, practical learning that teaches students how to negotiate and draft agreements in the entertainment, arts and sports industries. Miami is now recognized as a vibrant hub for all three sectors, home to divisions of entertainment companies such as Sony, HBO, Viacom, and the BBC. 

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Charlottesville, Virginia 249 Followers 211 Discussions
Virginia (UVA) Law

There is an LL.M. concentration in Communications and Media Law at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville. It explores such fast-evolving fields as intellectual property as well as patent, copyright and trademark law. Notable is the Virginia Film Festival, a four-day shindig held each year close to the School of Law that brings many of the top directors, actors and writers together. 

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Malibu, California 53 Followers 37 Discussions
Pepperdine Law

Pepperdine offers the only program in the US that combines entertainment, media, and sports law, with dispute resolution and business. The LL.M. in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law—which is offered in partnership with Pepperdine's renowned Graziadio Business School—sees students study in Malibu, close to a variety of entertainment, media and sports law events, including the National Entertainment Moot Court Competition. The school is ranked near the top-50 in US News prestigious ranking of law schools in America. 

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Sydney, Australia 122 Followers 62 Discussions

Students at this top Australian law school in Sydney can take a concentration in Media and Technology Law as part of the full-time LL.M. program. Australia itself has a thriving and diverse media sector spanning traditional and digital industries, which is growing rapidly — good news for job prospects. This is also one of Australia’s best law schools, according to some rankings.

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Berlin, Germany 132 Followers 36 Discussions
HU Berlin

A fully-fledged LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and Media Law is on offer at this leading law school in Berlin, which is an important city for many television, news, film, music and advertising agencies. The university itself is ranked as being among the best in the world by Times Higher Education. It was established more than 200 years ago, giving it a strong international reputation. 

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Los Angeles, California 77 Followers 55 Discussions
Loyola Los Angeles

Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles runs an LL.M. specialization in Entertainment and New Media Law, which takes advantage of Loyola's prime location in downtown LA, one of the world’s foremost media capitals. Much of the content is taught by leading practitioners in the field. The law school is ranked as being one of the best in the country by US News, a respected publication. 

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London, United Kingdom 863 Followers 960 Discussions

The London School of Economics and Political Science runs an LL.M. Information Technology, Media and Communications Law in the heart of the UK capital. That gives students at the LSE superb connections to leading law firms, media and entertainment companies. The LSE itself is one of the best law schools in the UK, and indeed the world, having been consistently ranked in the top 10 by Times Higher Education, The Guardian and the QS World University Rankings. 

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