To be awarded the specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, students must obtain a B- (2.7) grade average in courses taken for the specialization.
Click here to read descriptions of the courses listed below. Prospective students should bear in mind that, due to curriculum scheduling and faculty availability, not every class listed is taught each year. (Click here to view the Entertainment Law 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)
- 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
- 372. Motion Picture Financing Transactions
- 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
- 502. Seminar: Copyright Intensive
- 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
- At present, LL.M. students are allowed the opportunity to take one approved course outside the Law School in addition to the above law courses. The B-Tier requirement above may include no more than one such outside course, 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.
- 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.
- A minimum average GPA not lower than a B- (2.7) will be required in Program courses for final certification.
- 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.