Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy Specialization

Minimum Course and Curricular Requirements
LL.M. Curriculum

The Specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy’s LL.M. curriculum involves completion of four 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. A minimum average GPA not lower than a B- will be required in Specialization courses for final transcript certification of satisfactory Specialization completion.

         2. 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.

         3. 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.

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

         5. 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