On October 11, UCLA Law's Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law hosted its "One Year Out" panel, with recent alumni speaking candidly to current students about the jump from law school to the working world.
John Bloom, at Marvel Television Studios; Shannon Goddard, at Twentieth Century Fox Television; Connor Kampff, at Reder & Feig; and Alison Ziffren, at Latham & Watkins — all members of the Class of 2016 — discussed their respective experiences working in the entertainment industry.
The panelists — whose roles range from working as associates at large and boutique firms to in-house positions at studios — expressed the excitement and pressures of their legal responsibilities during their first year of practice. Although their respective day-to-day responsibilities vary — from script clearance and drafting location actor agreements to chain-of-title review, talent negotiations and closing deals— each of their careers are off to a fast start.
Citing it as an important resource, the panelists touched on the robust curriculum offered through UCLA Law's Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy Specialization. Each panelist cited a handful of courses that had significant real-world application, ranging from tax and copyright courses to specialized seminars and live clinics.