UCLA Law Tops Entertainment Law School Rankings

June 1, 2021
UCLA Law Entertainment Ranking

UCLA School of Law is the No. 1 entertainment law school in the country, according to the annual rankings compiled by The Hollywood Reporter.

With 23 alumni included among the top power lawyers, music attorneys, and legal legends for 2021 – plus the Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law’s wide array of entertainment law programs, clinics, classes, externship opportunities, and more – UCLA Law took the top spot in the rankings. It has been No. 1 for seven of the last eight years.

Nine alumni were named legal legends:

  • John Branca ’75 of Ziffren Brittenham
  • Skip Brittenham ’70 of Ziffren Brittenham
  • Melanie Cook ’78 of Ziffren Brittenham
  • Sam Fischer ’82 of Ziffren Brittenham
  • John Frankenheimer ’73 of Loeb & Loeb
  • Dale Kinsella ’74 of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump
  • Ken Kleinberg ’67 of Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo
  • Sky Moore ’81 of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger
  • Ken Ziffren ’65 of Ziffren Brittenham

Twelve alumni were named power lawyers:

  • Felicia Davis ’09 of Paul Hastings
  • Jeff Frankel ’91 of McKuin Frankel Whitehead
  • Michael Gendler ’80 of Gendler & Kelly
  • Lev Ginsburg ’02 of Ginsburg Daniels Kallis
  • Carlos Goodman ’88 of Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher
  • Marcy Morris ’81 of Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein
  • Robert Offer ’92 of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern
  • Danny Passman ’05 of Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman
  • Robyn Polashuk ’94 of Covington & Burling
  • Gretchen Rush ’97 of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller
  • Jason Sloane ’88 of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern
  • Cheryl Snow ’97 of Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman

Two alumni were named top music attorneys:

  • David Byrnes ’93 of Ziffren Brittenham
  • David Eisman ’93 of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Many of the lawyers on these lists are actively engaged with UCLA Law and the Ziffren Institute. The institute’s advisory board includes Ken Ziffren – the founder of the Ziffren Institute, who teaches the law school’s courses on Motion Picture Distribution and Television Special Issues: SVOD/AVOD Platforms in the U.S. – as well as Branca, Cook, Frankel, Goodman, Offer, Passman, Polashuk, and Sloane. In addition, Eisman, Kleinberg, Polashuk, and Ziffren serve on the advisory committee of the UCLA Entertainment Symposium, the leading entertainment law summit that begins its 45th edition on June 2. Frankenheimer is an emeritus member of the symposium’s advisory committee.

“It’s great that our alumni who are leaders in entertainment law are being recognized once again,” says UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman, faculty director of the Ziffren Institute. “We’re also pleased to see the many offerings of the Ziffren Institute acknowledged for how well they serve students in preparing for careers in the business – especially after a year in which we had to adapt our classes and programs to respond to changes in the industry.”

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