Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

The Ziffren Institute on Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law offers students an immersive, cutting-edge experience. Classes are taught by leading academics and accomplished professionals in the field. A wide array of externships and internships offer students real-world experience and vital connections in the industry. Student-led organizations and publications explore industry trends and current issues in the law while forging strong bonds among students, and UCLA School of Law’s annual Entertainment Symposium is a one-of-a kind event where students learn from the leaders who are shaping the industry.

Internships / Externships


UCLA Law has a well-established program to offer credit for appropriate school-year placements, including externships with movie and television studios, networks, Silicon Beach digital media companies, production companies, talent agencies and others.

Full-time, semester-long externships give 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.

Both J.D. and LL.M. candidate students also may seek part-time corporate-venue externships, so long as they comply with school requirements. Students may take more than one part-time externship, but may receive a cumulative total of not more than 10 units of "pass-fail" credit for J.D. students or 5 units for LL.M. students for such externships. In one semester, J.D. students may choose from 3-8 units of fieldwork and LL.M. students 2-5 units. There is also a 1 unit mandatory companion seminar for all part-time externships. Students may not take part-time externships at law firms.

Students are encouraged to check with the UCLA Law Externship Director about venues, credit, and applicable requirements.


Students also have robust opportunities to pursue paid, year-round internships with media and entertainment industry organizations. Past placements have included Activision, CBS, FOX, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, SAG-AFTRA, Warner Bros. and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, among others.

In an exciting partnership with UCLA, world-renowned talent agencies William Morris Endeavor (WME) and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) are offering two full-time paid 1L-summer legal internships at their respective LA headquarters following successful completion of the 1L year at UCLA School of Law.  Interested applicants may express consideration for the internships in an addendum submitted with their application for admission.  For further information, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@law.ucla.edu or at 310-825-2080.

Programs and Speakers

The Ziffren Institute brings a wide variety of industry professionals - including executives, agents, journalists, lawyers and others - 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 how they got to their present positions.

One example is the "Lunch with the Corner Office" which allows students to enjoy an intimate conversation with entertainment notables such as Nancy Tellem, Executive Chairwoman and Chief Media Officer of Eko, and Congressman Howard Berman, Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling.

The Ziffren Institute's Supplemental Practical Legal Education Program offers lunchtime presentations by mid-level law firm associates and in-house lawyers on matters impacting lawyers in their early years of practice. Presentations have included associates from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, and most recently, entertainment boutique firm Sloane Offer Weber and Dern, to cover the basics of social media endorsement deals.

The institute also supports participation in opportunities generated by industry institutions, such as the GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative national writing competition for law students.

Student Organizations

Entertainment Law Review / JOLT

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 Entertainment Law Review is organized by UCLA students, who manage all aspects of the publication.

The UCLA Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) is a student-run publication dedicated to producing the best literature on the web concerning intellectual property at the forefront of academia, society and innovation. These materials include traditional scholarly articles and comments, practical advice, and notes on emerging trends and activities from attorneys broaching the cutting edge.

Entertainment Symposium

The UCLA Law Entertainment Symposium, which celebrates its 43rd year in 2019, brings hundreds of entertainment professionals to the UCLA campus for a weekend each spring to focus on trends and topics affecting the industry. Volunteer opportunities for students abound. Interested students should contact the Ziffren Institute executive director for more information.