• The Entertainment Law Practicum is a supplementary class offered in conjunction with students’ private field placements. The class supplements the work that students are doing in their placements. Students obtain placement 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. Students in the past have worked at Marvel; Warner Bros.; Lionsgate; Insomniac; Anonymous Content; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and more.

    Students may earn credit for a combination of their field placement work and completion of the Entertainment Law Practicum.

  • No. Students are responsible for identifying, applying to, and securing placements on their own. However, students who have particular areas of interest can discuss their interests with Prof. Barbara Rubin and Prof. Julie Shapiro for recommendations on where to apply.

    Students can also set up a meeting with Prof. Grace Parrish, the Director of the Private Field Placement Department to discuss other recommendations on potential placements. Students can also visit the Field Placements Department to view past records of where prior students have externed.

  • Yes. All students who extern/clerk at an entertainment placement, whether paid or unpaid, are required to take ELP during the term in which they initially extern/clerk at the entertainment placement, absent permission otherwise. If the student is externing for the placement during the summer, they are required to take ELP in the Fall or Spring of the next academic school year.


  • Students who have completed the first year of law study, either day or evening [a student must have a minimum of 28 units completed], are eligible if they are in good academic standing (not on probation) with a Loyola GPA of 2.33 or higher.

    Transfer students cannot participate in ELP until their second semester at Loyola.

  • No. The Entertainment Law Practicum ("ELP") course is offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters.


  • Students are responsible for obtaining an ELP placement that qualifies for credit. However, student organizations and/or the career development office often share placement opportunities with students.

    The primary requirement of a placement position is that the field placement must involve a substantial component of legal type work under legal supervision (e.g., it will not be primarily a clerical or administrative position).

    Note: all field placements (paid or unpaid) must be approved by the Program Director of Private Field Placements, Professor Grace Parrish, prior to a student’s enrollment in ELP. Thus, students should submit their applications for ELP at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student seeks to intern/extern. Applications should be submitted online to the Field Placements Department

  • Students enrolled in ELP will receive 1 unit for the course component and an additional 2-4 units for an unpaid field placement during the school year. Students must complete a minimum of 52 hours per unit in their field placement.

    Field placement units will be graded pass/fail. Students should check the JD Student Handbook for any restrictions on pass/fail units, however, of the 87 units that are needed to graduate, 20 units may be ungraded and 14 units may be general field placement units (note, only 6 units total are available for private firms/companies).

  • A student interested in ELP should begin planning at least one semester before the student intends to participate in the private field placement. The application process is as follows:

    • Identify the firm or office for the private field placement and a licensed attorney at that firm or office who will serve as a supervisor.
    • Complete the ELP application online, including attaching a resume. As part of the application, students must also identify the firm/company and supervising attorney. Thus, students should not apply until they have secured a placement.
    • Submit the completed documents online within the following deadlines:
      • At least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the Fall semester for a Spring semester
      • At least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the Summer term
    • Professor Parrish will contact the supervising attorney to confirm the field placement, conduct a site visit, and ensure that the supervising attorney will agree to the Duties of Supervising Attorneys for off-campus field placements.
    • If the private field placement is approved, the Field Placement Office will assist you with enrollment and procedures.


  • All application materials must be submitted online to the Field Placement Department at least 4 weeks in advance of the beginning of the term in which the student seeks to extern.

  • No.  Private field placements must be unpaid. While students in paid placements are allowed to enroll in ELP and take the course in conjunction with their paid placement, they will not receive any units for the placement portion of ELP. They will only receive 1 unit for completing the ELP course.

    Students in paid placements must still submit the application materials online for ELP and identify the placement that qualifies them to take the ELP course.

    Students should check the JD Handbook for the school’s guidelines relating to field placements.


  • The Field Placement Department will provide the student with instructions on how to enroll in units for the term. Students will receive instructions on enrolling after submitting the required application materials to the Field Placements Department and gaining approval by Prof. Grace Parrish.

  • Yes. The orientation is part of the mandatory classes that the student must attend during the term in which the extern.

  • Yes, so long as the student does not exceed the 6-unit maximum for private field placement units.

  • Transfer students cannot participate in the ELP program during the first semester at Loyola. They may participate beginning in their second semester at Loyola.


  • No.  However, all students must be supervised by a currently licensed attorney. Paralegals and/or support staff cannot act as supervisors.


  • Yes. All private field placement units count toward the student’s experiential unit requirements.

  • No. Students must complete all hours during the semester in which they are enrolled in private field placement units. Students must take a concurrent course component during the term in which they extern and thus, students cannot retroactively apply to receive credit for work performed in a semester or summer term in which they were not enrolled in the ELP program.

  • No.  Students must select the number of units they wish to receive at the beginning of the semester. Students often complete more hours than the 52-hour/unit minimum, however, they will not retroactively receive additional units at the end of the semester for completing more hours.