The Entertainment and the Arts Legal Aid Clinic is a clinical course in which students will provide legal services to real clients. Specifically, the Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic will provide production legal services to "micro-budget" (generally under $500,000) movies that have already secured financing and are being produced during the school term. These services will include some or all of the following: "clean-up" documentation of underlying rights and chain-of-title; personal services agreements for the producer, director, other principal crew, and actors; location agreements, releases and other miscellaneous production documents; and possibly sales agency and distribution agreements.
Potential clients will be solicited from industry publications and websites and partially screened by the professor prior to the commencement of the course. Several prospective clients will then be interviewed by the class in order to select one or more clients to take on. Students will provide legal services throughout the course of the production under the supervision of the professor.
Enrollment is by invitation. Interested students should contact the Biederman Institute for more information.