Media, Entertainment and Technology Law and Policy Specialization

Minimum Course and Curricular Requirements
LL.M. Curriculum

The Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law’s LL.M. curriculum involves completion of five courses arranged in two tiers. While the tiers are roughly progressive (in that, for example, basic copyright and entertainment law are helpful for the more advanced courses), generally the courses below may be taken concurrently (subject to a given instructor’s prerequisite requirements in specific instances). The mandatory courses of the Introductory A-Tier are intended to present the fundamental principles and practices of contemporary entertainment law, and they cover copyright protection, and various transactional doctrines. The A-Tier courses typically serve as a gateway to the more specialized electives that populate the B-Tier, where students may choose to focus more narrowly on their particular professional interests in entertainment law.

TWO Required Introductory ("A Tier") Courses (i.e., choose from Copyright Law or Intellectual Property; Entertainment Law is required)
Course # Course Name
302 Copyright Law OR
307 Intellectual Property
305 Entertainment Law
If NOT taken as A-Tier Courses, the following can be taken as B-Tier Courses
Course # Course Name
302 Copyright Law
307 Intellectual Property

  • PROGRAM CURRICULUM NOTES:

         1. LL.M. students are allowed the opportunity to take one approved course outside the Law School in satisfaction of their degree. Accordingly, one such outside course may apply against the Specialization requirements in the B-Tier, subject to the prior written approval of the Assistant Dean for Students and the Executive Director of the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. As examples, both the graduate division of the School of Theater, Film and Television and the Anderson School’s Entertainment and Media Management Institute offer an academically worthy array of courses suitable as a complement to the Specialization. Students should be cautioned, however, that enrollment in courses outside the Law School is generally by petition and subject to availability only after the respective school’s students have first been accommodated, and that many of the outside courses may be offered only irregularly

         2. An approved full-time, semester-long externship, or an approved part-time school-year externship (of at least two-units), will count as one B-Tier course, subject to the prior written approval by the Executive Director of its relevancy and appropriateness to the Specialization.

         3. A minimum average GPA not lower than a B- will be required in Specialization courses for final transcript certification of satisfactory Specialization completion.

         4. Students should declare their intention to complete the Specialization so as to be given preference in the A-Tier and B-Tier courses above (subject to instructor approval). The Declaration form is available online or from the Records Office. See the Admissions page for details.

         5. Students who have completed the Specialization requirements may elect, at their option, to have the certification noted on their transcript. That election cannot be changed after the student has been graduated.

         6. Note also that specific course offerings vary from year to year.

         7. The courses below constitute the additional, middle “supplementary” tier of courses from which J.D. Specialization candidates may choose. While they are not required of LL.M. students, they remain a recommended roster of subject matter for consideration, especially among students from law schools outside the United States.

"Supplementary" Tier of Courses (recommended roster of subject matter especially for law students outside the United States)
Course # Course Name
201 Constitutional Law II (First Amendment)
220 Introduction to Federal Income Taxation
230 Business Associations
234 Accounting for Lawyers
248 Business Bankruptcy
250 Secured Transactions
260 Labor Law I
291 Taxation of Business Enterprises