Entertainment Law Practicum

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

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 field placement work and completion of a course component focusing on important aspects of the practice of law in the entertainment and media industry context, and a paper regarding their field placement.  

Who is eligible to participate?

LLS students in academic good standing are eligible to participate after completion of their first year of law school. Students seeking to extern 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.

The Entertainment Law Practicum ("ELP") course I & II will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.  For students in a field placement in the summer, they will need to be enrolled in the Private Placement course concurrently with their field placement.

How many units can a student receive? How many hours must a student work?

Students enrolled in ELP I or ELP II will receive 1 unit for the course component and an additional 1-3 units for an unpaid field placement.  Students must complete a minimum of 104 hours in their field placement per unit.

Other requirements are detailed in the Entertaiment Field Placement Application which must be filled out and submitted to the Private Field Placement Department, FH227, regardless of whether the student is in a paid or unpaid field placement. 

How do I get an Entertainment Field Placement?

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 website (only accessible from an on-campus server).  In addition, as field placement 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 also placed in In Brief.

Students can build and use their own networks for potential field placements. The primary requirement is that the field placement 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 field placement is at an organization that has not previously used LLS externs, then the student should speak with the director of the ELP, currently Prof. Dougherty or Prof. Barbara M. Rubin, prior to accepting the field placement so that s/he may confirm that the position meets the required standards.  All unpaid field placements must also be vetted and approved by the Program Director of Private Field Placements, Prof. Grace Parrish.  All students should email Prof. Parrish at grace.parrish@lls.edu once they have identified a field placement so that Prof. Parrish can confirm that the placement will qualify for units.  

Several of the large studios now have paid placement 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.