LL.M. Specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy

Specialization Requirements

To be awarded the Specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy, students must obtain a B- (2.7) grade average in courses taken for the specialization.

Visit our Course List for descriptions of the courses below. Prospective students should bear in mind that, due to curriculum scheduling and faculty availability, not every class listed is taught each year (view the Specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy course curriculum for the current academic year). This is most often true in the case of seminar courses. A sufficient number of courses will be available to enable those students who choose to specialize to satisfy the Specialization requirements.

Required Foundational ("A-Tier") Courses

  • 302. Copyright Law or 307. Intellectual Property Law
  • 305. Entertainment Law
  • 327. Communications Law and Policy

Plus at least two courses from B-Tier below:

Specialized Elective ("B-Tier") Courses (At least two are required)

  • 213. Advertising and e-Commerce Law
  • 252. Business Torts
  • 274. Trademark Law
  • 301. Art and Cultural Property Law
  • 302. Copyright Law (if not taken as a required course)
  • 303. Music Industry Law
  • 304. International Intellectual Property
  • 306. Patent Law
  • 307. Intellectual Property Law (if not taken as a required course)
  • 328. Sports and the Law
  • 357. Law and Practice with Hollywood Guilds
  • 364. Motion Picture Distribution
  • 386. Law and Information Technology
  • 407. Intellectual Property: Law and Strategy
    (Note: Law 407 may not be taken by students who take Law 307.)
  • 433. Income Taxation of Entertainers, Athletes, and Artists
  • M514. Seminar: Cultural Property
  • 525. Seminar: Patent Intensive
  • 546. Seminar: Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium
  • 547. Seminar: Entertainment Law Research and Writing
  • 578. Seminar: Digital Wars
  • 647. Seminar: Law and Economics of Contract
  • 704. Clinical: IP Clinic - Counseling Emerging Technologies and Enterprises
  • 709. Clinical: Negotiation Theory


  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 Specialization requirements in the B-Tier, subject to the prior written approval of the Assistant Dean for Students and the Executive Director of the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. 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 Specialization. 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 Specialization.

  3. Students who have completed the Specialization 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.

  4. The courses below constitute the additional, middle “supplementary” tier of courses from which J.D. Specialization 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:
    • 201. Constitutional Law II
    • 220. Introduction to Federal Income Taxation
    • 230. Business Associations
    • 234. Accounting for Lawyers
    • 248. Business Bankruptcy
    • 250. Secured Transactions
    • 260. Labor Law I
    • 291. Taxation of Business Enterprises
    • 370. International Finance
    • 392. Lifecycle of a Corporation