Entertainment, Media, & Intellectual Property Law Program


For Students – Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program


The School of Law has a well-established program to accord credit for appropriate school-year placements. Students should check with the School’s Externship Director and the Executive Director of the Program about venues, credit, and applicable requirements.


The semester-long, full-time program gives J.D. students in their second and third years the opportunity to develop legal skills outside the classroom context, gain practical experience in supervised settings, and acquire perspectives about the lawyering process while working for a nonprofit organization or governmental agency with relevance to the entertainment or media law sector.


Both J.D. and LL.M. candidate students also have an opportunity to seek corporate-venue externships, so long as they comply with Program requirements. Many students have chosen to work in the legal or business affairs departments of movie and television studios, networks, production companies, and agencies, among other venues. (Students may NOT take part-time externships at a law firm.) A student may take more than one part-time externship, but may receive a cumulative total of not more than four units of “pass-fail” credit for satisfactory completion of such externships.

Summer Internships

These are part-time or summer versions of the semester externships, and they arise as offered by the respective host venues. Students can check for current and available placements via the Office of Career Services, and postings are also circulated on occasion via e-mail to students who have declared their intention to participate in the Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program.

UCLA Law School students are eligible to receive course credit with respect to an entertainment industry summer internship by virtue of completing a research paper, preferably in connection with a general topic area on which they worked during their term at the respective venue. That paper may be in the form of a Law 340 independent study course paper, a Law 547 Entertainment Law Research and Writing substantial analytical paper, a paper for another law seminar or a faculty-supervised law review article.

All paper topics must be approved in advance in writing by the Program's Executive Director. The above papers are typically written and credit accorded during the Fall or Spring semester following a summer internship, but they can be written concurrently with proper advance planning for part-time internships during the school year. It is always remains the responsibility of each student to arrange in a timely manner the means and supervision by which the paper is to be completed.

Entertainment Law Review

The Entertainment Law Review is a scholarly journal devoted to legal issues affecting film, television, radio, computer and print media. Topics addressed in professional and student work include copyright and patent issues, the regulation of the entertainment industry, and labor, constitutional, administrative and antitrust law as they relate to entertainment and media law. The Review is organized by UCLA students who publish and manage all the business aspects of the Review. In addition, students occasionally write abstracts and comments for it. The membership structure allows first-, second- and third-year students to participate in the Review's activities.

Entertainment Law Association

The Entertainment Law Association (ELA) is a student-run organization that provides law students with an enriched exposure to the entertainment industry. The ELA organizes panel discussions and other occasional activities with professionals in the industry.

Speakers Series

The Program has established two parallel series of compelling guest speakers who enrich both the practical and academic content of the concentration and the general study of entertainment law, and they are open to all law students (subject to space).

Lunchtime Speaker Series

Presented in association with the Entertainment Law Association, this series brings a wide variety of industry professionals to the law school for informal discussions of their areas of expertise, their views of the present and future of their sector of the business, and personal accounts of the careers that led to their present positions.

Entertainment Roundtables

These present distinguished alumni of the law school who share their career path and introduce current and topical matters of interest which they are handling. The setting is a more intimate, private luncheon limited to about 20 law students, who have the opportunity to participate in a relaxed question-and-answer period of about an hour.

Visit our "Events" page for more information about the Speakers Series.

Entertainment Symposium

The Entertainment Symposium has marked over three decades of its affiliation with, and sponsorship of, the UCLA School of Law. Each year, the Symposium brings up to 600 entertainment professionals to our campus for a weekend to focus on the latest topics affecting the industry. The Symposium Advisory Committee is composed of UCLA Law School Alumni and other accomplished and dedicated friends of the law school.

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Contact Information

Susan Akens
Executive Director, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property
Law Program

3243A Law Building
(310) 794-4493