Billboard's Top Music Law Schools and Lawyers Announced

It's like music to their ears, no doubt. Earning a spot on Billboard's list of Top Music Law Schools gives schools some serious hipster cred. (We're trying to sound very cool, but we know we are failing miserably ... However, we continue ...) 

U.S. & World Reports and its ranking? Oh please. How droll. Does Drake read that?

We bet not. 

Indeed, the University of Miami School of Law was so pleased it fired off a news release about being included.  

"We are honored to see Billboard once again acknowledging our efforts, and including us among such prestigious law schools,” said Harold Flegelman, director of the entertainment track in the Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, and a lecturer in law. “I am grateful to our faculty, advisors, and alumni for all that they do, and especially to alumnus and prominent music executive Joseph Weinberger, for his unwavering scholarship support.”  

See, it's like getting a Grammy. 

The list was released along with a list of the 2019 Top Music Lawyers, which was led by Debbie White, of the law firm Loeb & Loeb, headquartered in Los Angeles. She went to New York University School of Law. Surprisingly, many of law schools honored are based in New York and Southern California. The University of South Dakato School of Law? It did not make the list. 

According to Billboard, White was honored because: "White is the U.S. legal adviser for both BTS, the K-pop septet whose success has been both a commercial and cultural milestone, and the boy band’s label and management company, Big Hit Entertainment." 

We have never heard of the band, BTS. However, she also handles North American deals for The Who. The Who we have heard of. (Are we showing our age?) 

So, without a further ado, here's the list, via Billboard, which noted that the schools were chosen from among those with the most alumni included on the Top Music Lawyers list, which numbered 113. Here's a link to that list. 

Top Music Law Schools

 

BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW
Yeshiva University
New York
Enrollment: 1,051
The best thing about my law school was: “Cardozo recognized the value of an entertainment law program early on.” - Michael Reinert, Fox Rothschild

 

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL
Brooklyn
Enrollment: 949
The best thing about my law school was: “The way they had professors teaching the courses was all geared specifically for the bar exam.” - Paul Schindler, Greenberg Traurig

 

COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
Columbia University
New York
Enrollment: 1,268
The best thing about my law school was:  “The alumni network. I am the vp of the alumni association and co-chairing my reunion.” Wade Leak, Sony Music Entertainment

 

FORDHAM LAW SCHOOL
Fordham University
New York
Enrollment: 1,269
The best thing about my law school was: “I was expecting law school to be brutal, and it was not easy. But it was a very nurturing and supportive place.” - Ilene Farkas, Pryor Cashman

 

GEORGETOWN LAW

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 

Enrollment: 2,694
The best thing about my law school was: “I had the unique opportunity to go to a top-level law school and coach underclass lacrosse -- a personal passion.” - Shawn Trell, AEG Presents

 

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
Enrollment: 1,990
The best thing about my law school was: “Being incredibly intellectually challenged and learning how to think in a very critical, logical and strategic way.” - Donald Passman, Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman

 

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles
Enrollment: 1,058
The best thing about my law school was: “Only having to take torts once. I passed torts the first time I tried.” - Zia Modabber, Katten Muchin Rosenman

 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
New York
Enrollment: 1,380
The best thing about my law school was: “The location in Greenwich Village, which is a cultural mecca for music and art that is sought out by people from all over the country.” - Clara Kim, ASCAP

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, SCHOOL OF LAW
Berkeley, Calif.
Enrollment: 976
The best thing about my law school was: “A lot of my classmates have gone on to greater success. And the faculty is on fire right now.” - Jeffrey Harleston, Universal Music Group

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, SCHOOL OF LAW
Los Angeles
Enrollment: 1,197
The best thing about my law school was: “Having interesting professors and making friends then who are still my friends.” - Louis “Skip” Miller, Miller Barondess

 

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW
Miami
Enrollment: 1,019
The best thing about my law school was: “Besides the beach, sun and palm trees, the school helped me find an internship at Universal Music Latin, which shaped my career to date.” - Simran Singh, Singh Singh & Trauben

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW SCHOOL
Philadelphia
Enrollment: 871
The best thing about mylaw school was: “Penn has a unique culture. People were really collaborative. I learned people succeed when they work together and pull each other up.” - Danielle Aguirre, National Music Publishers’ Association

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW
Los Angeles
Enrollment: 614
The best thing about my law school was: “The entertainment concentration, which includes the business and cinematic arts schools.” - Robert Windom, Apple

 

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW
Knoxville, Tenn.
Enrollment: 360
The best thing about my law school was: “I helped to recruit Joel Katz to give some of his mounds of money for the new law library, which is now named after him.” - Derek Crownover, Dickinson Wright

 

YALE LAW SCHOOL
Yale University
New Haven, Conn.
Enrollment: 666
The best thing about my law school was: “The best thing was actually going back and teaching at Yale Law. It’s just full of extremely thoughtful, interesting people.” - Jacqueline Charlesworth, Alter Kendrick & Baron.

 

 

 

 

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