Minimum Course and Curricular Requirements
2013-14 LL.M. Curriculum
The Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program’s LL.M. curriculum involves completion of five courses arranged in two tiers. While the tiers are roughly progressive (in that, for example, basic copyright and entertainment law are helpful for the more advanced courses), generally the courses below may be taken concurrently (subject to a given instructor’s prerequisite requirements in specific instances). The mandatory courses of the Introductory A-Tier are intended to present the fundamental principles and practices of contemporary entertainment law, and they cover copyright protection, various transactional doctrines, and media law. The A-Tier courses typically serve as a gateway to the more specialized electives that populate the B-Tier, where students may choose to focus more narrowly on their particular professional interests in entertainment law.
A. THREE Introductory ("A-Tier") Courses:
B. TWO Specialized ("B-Tier") Courses:
Note: Law 407 may not be taken by students who take Law 307
IF NOT TAKEN AS A-TIER COURSES:
PROGRAM CURRICULUM NOTES:
1. LL.M. students are allowed the opportunity to take one approved course outside the Law School in satisfaction of their degree. Accordingly, one such outside course may apply against the Program requirements in the B-Tier, subject to the prior written approval of the Assistant Dean for Students and the Executive Director of the Program. As examples, both the graduate division of the School of Theater, Film and Television and the Anderson School’s Entertainment and Media Management Institute offer an academically worthy array of courses suitable as a complement to the Program. Students should be cautioned, however, that enrollment in courses outside the Law School is generally by petition and subject to availability only after the respective school’s students have first been accommodated, and that many of the outside courses may be offered only irregularly.
2. An approved part-time school-year externship (of at least two units) will count as one B-tier course, subject to the prior written approval by the Executive Director of its relevancy and appropriateness to the Program.
3. A minimum average GPA not lower than a B- will be required in Program courses for final transcript certification of satisfactory Program completion.
5. Students who have completed the Program requirements may elect, at their option, to have the certification noted on their transcript. That election cannot be changed after the student has been graduated.
6. Note also that specific course offerings vary from year to year.
7. The courses below constitute the additional, middle “supplementary” tier of courses from which J.D. Program candidates may choose. While they are not required of LL.M. students, they remain a recommended roster of subject matter for consideration, especially among students from law schools outside the United States: