Entertainment Law Practicum

Interested in working for some of the leading entertainment companies in Los Angeles?

Loyola's Entertainment Law Practicum takes you behind the scenes of celluloid and digital magic at such media giants as Home Box Office (HBO), MGM-UA Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Music Group, Warner Brothers Television and Yahoo. 

Students obtain positions in the legal departments of companies in most branches of the entertainment and media industries, from the largest studios to independent production companies, and in law firms with entertainment and media practices.  They are permitted to earn credit for a combination of their internship work and completing a course component focusing on important aspects of the practice of law in the entertainment and media industry context, and a paper regarding their internship.  

This is a 2-unit pass/fail program, the course component of which is generally offered in the spring semester of each year.

Who is eligible to participate?

LLS students in good academic standing are eligible to participate after completion of their first year of law school. Students seeking to intern during the summer after their first year are advised that academic performance (e.g., Fall semester mid-term and mid-year grades) will be considered in determining whether they may participate.

Students are only able to take the course once. Thus, they may wish to undertake an internship when they are upper division students to enable them to maximize their experience.

See the ELP website for a prior year's syllabus for the course component and more information about the course component, although these, of course, are subject to change.

How do I get an internship?

Students are responsible for obtaining their own positions that qualify for credit. A chart showing places students have worked previously is available on the ELP intranet website (accessible only from an on-campus server). As internship employers notify the director of the ELP of current positions and interviewing, the opportunities are posted to the site, and notification sent to the Entertainment and Sports Law Society (ESLS) and the Entertainment Law Review. A number of notices are posted on Prof. Dougherty's office door (Burns 344), and he and other professors sometimes announce current opportunities in class. Sometimes new notices are placed in In Brief.

Students can build and use their own networks for potential internships. The primary requirement is that the internship must involve a substantial component of legal type work under legal supervision (e.g., will not be primarily a clerical or administrative position). If the internship is at an organization that has not previously used LLS ELP interns, then the student should speak with the director of the ELP, currently Prof. Dougherty or Prof. Barbara M Rubin, prior to accepting the internship so that s/he may confirm that the position meets the required standards.

Several of the large studios now have paid internship programs each semester, and because they are paid, they do not notify LLS to request applications.  Interested students should review the major studios' websites for information regarding those programs.