In addition to being in good academic standing, all participants in the Entertainment/Media Concentration are required to take, and pass the following courses, which should be taken in 2L (or as soon as possible in the Evening Program)(note that, because students electing this Concentration will take these advanced introductory courses, it is strongly recommended that they do not take the "Introduction to Intellectual Property" 1L elective, but rather direct those units to another elective, such as International Law):
We already have a very thorough advanced curriculum in nearly all of the various branches of the entertainment, media and related industries. Each of these courses gives the student an understanding of the structure, important business relationships and legal issues in the applicable industry branch. Many of them also include at least a component of experiential training.
After successfully completing the core required courses, students considering a Concentration in Entertainment/Media will be required to take certain additional required related classes. These will depend on whether the student intends to pursue the Transactional or the Advocacy track.
Transactional Track: Additional Required Courses
Students pursuing this track are required to take the following additional courses:
- Introduction to Negotiations (2 units) or Negotiation Intensive Workshop (3 units)
- Business Associations (4 units)
- Business Planning (3 units)
- Legal Research for the Transactional Lawyer1 (1 unit)
We strongly encourage students pursuing the "transactional" track to take at least one of the additional required advocacy track courses (particularly either Trial Advocacy or Appellate Advocacy), or at least one of the "Litigating the ________ Case" electives.
Entertainment-Focused Business Planning Class: Note that Business Associations is a "bar" course that most students already take. We are working with the Director of the Corporate Law Concentration to develop one or more sections of Business Planning or their in-process M&A practicum that would focus on an entertainment/media/IP asset-based company. Unless and until that specialized section of Business Planning is developed, the non-specialized class will cover the important skill set both for the student's first legal job and his or her eventual entertainment/media transactional job.
Experiential Component--Internship: In addition, all Entertainment/Media/Soft IP Transactional Concentration students will be required to complete an internship in the related industries through the existing Entertainment Law Practicum program, or in a related non-profit, through Loyola's regular externship program. Please see the Entertainment Law Practicum webpages FAQs for further information about the Practicum. There are also currently a few nonprofit externships sometimes available in the entertainment/media fields, namely in the Guilds (unions) and trade associations.
Negotiation Competition Team: We are exploring the possibility of one or more negotiation competition teams, to participate in an Entertainment Negotiation competition. Students in this track should be strongly advised to try out for such a team where possible and if and when it becomes available.
Advocacy Track: Additional Required Courses
Students pursuing this track are required to take the following additional courses:
- Either Litigating an Entertainment Law Case or Litigating a Copyright Case Seminar (2 units)
- Either Civil Litigation Skills Practicum I and II (6 units total) or at least two of the following courses:
- Either Trial Advocacy or Appellate Advocacy (3 units)
- Either Legal Research Fundamentals for the Litigator (1 unit) or Advanced Legal Research (2 units)2
These requirements may change to reflect changes in the Civil Litigation Concentration courses. We would strongly encourage a student pursuing the "advocacy" track take at least one of the "transactional" required courses in addition to Business Associations.
Experiential Component--Advocacy Competition Team: In addition, all Entertainment/Media Advocacy Concentration students will be required to participate in at least one moot court or other advocacy competition team, or in the Right of Publicity Seminar. In some years, we have had an entertainment law moot court team. To the extent that is available and practicable, it would be recommended, but not required, that the student participate in that team.
Additional Electives: Both Tracks
Whether working in business transactions or as an advocate, the attorney must understand his or her client's business. Hence, in addition to the above, a student seeking this concentration is required to take at least two more advanced classes from our extensive related curriculum. Courses include the following:
- Motion Picture Production & Finance Seminar
- Television Programming & Finance Seminar
- Reality TV & New Media Production and Distribution
- Digital Media & the Law
- Law of Video Games & Online Virtual Worlds
- Comparative Copyright Law
- Law and Practice with the Hollywood Guilds
- Financing Entertainment Industry Ventures
- Tax Strategies for the Digital Age
- Trade Secret Law
- Art and the Law Seminar
- Music Law
- Sports Law
- Torts II
- International Entertainment Law
- First Amendment Seminar
- Advanced IP Colloquium
- International Copyright & Neighboring Rights (currently, London)
- International & Comparative Trademark and Geographical Indications Law (currently, London)
- Business Immigration Law
- Right of Publicity Seminar (if not taken to satisfy the experiential component)
- Copyright and New Technology
- Intellectual Property Seminar - Advanced Topics
- Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
For students in the "transactional" track, also:
(A student pursuing the "advocacy" track would also be permitted to take whichever of those two "Litigating a ______ Case" as an elective that the student did not take as the required course.)
These electives are subject to change in any particular academic year, and may not be offered. Additional courses may also be approved by the Advisor, in conjunction with the Dean's office.
1 Students graduating in Spring 2017 may, as an alternative to taking Legal Research for the Transactional Lawyer, complete a two-part corporate research seminar provided by a law librarian. There is no registration process applicable to the seminar and no unit credit applies. The research seminar is recorded for download, so it can be completed individually at a student’s convenience. Both parts of the research seminar must be completed before the first day of the last month of the semester leading to a student’s graduation (thus, for most students, April 30).
Part One of the seminar addresses a California securities law problem and is available for download at https://my.lls.edu/node/3779. Log in using your LLS ID and password. After completing the problem, email your deliverables to Professor Dougherty, who will record your completion of the requirement (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Part Two, which looks into a federal securities law issue, is available for download at https://my.lls.edu/node/3779. Again, the research results should be emailed to Professor Dougherty.
A student who pursues the alternative must, in addition to the foregoing, complete a short additional research training session that specifically addresses entertainment and media law topics. Contact the Faculty Advisor for the Entertainment Concentration for further information regarding this additional research training session. The research requirement must be completed before the first day of the last month of classes leading to a student's graduation (thus, for most students, April 30).
2 Students graduating in Spring 2017 may, as an alternative to taking Legal Research Fundamentals for the Litigator or Advanced Legal Research, take Civil Litigation Skills Practicum I and II or talk with the Faculty Advisor for the Entertainment Concentration to develop a plan to satisfy the research requirement. A student who pursues either alternative must, in addition to the foregoing, complete a short additional research training session that specifically addresses entertainment and media law topics. Contact the Faculty Advisor for the Entertainment Concentration for further information regarding this additional research training session. The research requirement must be completed before the first day of the last month of classes leading to a student's graduation (thus, for most students, April 30).
Entertainment Law Concentration
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