Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

The Ziffren Center on Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law offers students an immersive, cutting-edge experience. Classes are taught by leading academics and accomplished professionals in the field. A wide array of externships and internships offer students real-world experience and vital connections in the industry. Student-led organizations and publications explore industry trends and current issues in the law while forging strong bonds among students, and UCLA School of Law’s annual Entertainment Symposium is a one-of-a kind event where students learn from the leaders who are shaping the industry.


Internships / Externships

EXTERNSHIPS

UCLA Law has a well-established program to offer credit for appropriate school-year placements, including externships with movie and television studios, networks, Silicon Beach digital media companies, production companies, talent agencies and others.

Full-time, semester-long externships give J.D. students in their second and third years the opportunity to develop legal skills outside the classroom context, gain practical experience in supervised settings, and acquire perspectives about the lawyering process.

Both J.D. and LL.M. candidate students also may seek part-time corporate-venue externships, so long as they comply with school requirements. Students may take more than one part-time externship, but may receive a cumulative total of not more than 10 units of "pass-fail" credit for J.D. students or 5 units for LL.M. students for such externships. In one semester, J.D. students may choose from 3-8 units of fieldwork and LL.M. students 2-5 units. There is also a 1 unit mandatory companion seminar for all part-time externships. Students may not take part-time externships at law firms.

Students are encouraged to check with the UCLA Law Externship Director about venues, credit, and applicable requirements.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Students are eligible to receive course credit for summer internships at a variety of entertainment and media venues. More information is available through the UCLA Law Office of Career Services.

PAID INTERNSHIPS

Students also have robust opportunities to pursue paid, year-round internships with media and entertainment industry organizations. Past placements have included Activision, CBS, FOX, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, SAG-AFTRA, Warner Bros. and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, among others.

Programs and Speakers

The Ziffren Center brings a wide variety of industry professionals - including executives, agents, journalists, lawyers and others - to the law school for informal discussions of their areas of expertise, their views of the present and future of their sector of the business, and how they got to their present positions.

One example is the "Lunch with the Corner Office" which allows students to enjoy an intimate conversation with entertainment notables such as Ken Werner, President of Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution.

The Ziffren Center’s Supplemental Practical Legal Education Program offers lunchtime presentations by mid-level law firm associates and in-house lawyers on matters impacting lawyers in their early years of practice. One example includes the fall 2016 workshop, "Workplace Correspondence: What They Don't Tell You in Law School."

The center also supports participation in opportunities generated by industry institutions, such as the GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative national writing competition for law students.

Student Organizations

Entertainment Law Review / JOLT

The Entertainment Law Review is a scholarly journal devoted to legal issues affecting film, television, radio, computer and print media. Topics addressed in professional and student work include copyright and patent issues, the regulation of the entertainment industry, and labor, constitutional, administrative and antitrust law as they relate to entertainment and media law. The Entertainment Law Review is organized by UCLA students, who manage all aspects of the publication.

The UCLA Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) is a student-run publication dedicated to producing the best literature on the web concerning intellectual property at the forefront of academia, society and innovation. These materials include traditional scholarly articles and comments, practical advice, and notes on emerging trends and activities from attorneys broaching the cutting edge.

Entertainment Symposium

The UCLA Law Entertainment Symposium, which celebrated its 41st year in 2017, brings hundreds of entertainment professionals to the UCLA campus for a weekend each spring to focus on trends and topics affecting the industry. Volunteer opportunities for students abound. Interested students should contact the Ziffren Center executive director for more information.