Southwestern offers an extremely broad range of nearly 60 specialized entertainment and media law courses, seminars, clinics and practicums, with new offerings being introduced every year. Click here for current course listings.
Entertainment and Media Law Externships and Law Firm Practicum
Southwestern has developed close ties to the entertainment and media industries both locally and beyond to provide unparalleled externship opportunities for our students in over 50 entertainment and in-house settings as well as an Entertainment Law Firm Practicum placing students in entertainment law firms. These on-site placements with studios, production companies, guilds, agencies and related companies expose them to the world of the entertainment lawyer, provide crucial networking opportunities and add immeasurably to their skills and confidence. In order to maximize the educational value of these experiences, students report periodically to faculty members and receive feedback and advice.
"My supervisor's policy of granting early responsibility to externs facilitated a challenging learning experience - I drafted my first international distribution agreement my second day on the job!"-Gretchen Wetig, Lionsgate extern
A sampling of placement opportunities available to Southwestern students includes Funny or Die, Sony Music, Lionsgate Entertainment, the Directors Guild of America and BET Networks. In order to maximize the educational value of these experiences, students report periodically to faculty members, who also meet with supervisors from the companies at which the externs serve.
Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic
The Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic allows students to provide production business and legal affairs services on real movies and represent other creative artists in a classroom setting under the supervision of members of the Biederman faculty. This is all at no cost to the filmmakers or the production. Students are selected through an interview process and generally have significant exposure to film production issues through some combination of coursework, externships, job experience or other avenues.
As part of the law school's regular summer session, the Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles features a variety of courses taught by top entertainment, media and sports law attorneys; specialized externships; cocurricular events such as a major studio tour; and a panel discussion with prominent Southwestern alumni working in the field.
Southwestern offers an exciting five-week Summer Program in London, England. The International Entertainment and Media Law program offers courses in International Entertainment Law, Comparative Media Law, International Sports Law, Copyright Law in Comparative Perspective, International Art Law and IP Licensing: Entertainment Law and Practice. This program features American and British faculty with extensive international experience and a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences: guest lectures; and field excursions to legal, cultural and historical venues in and around London.
Drawing on the resources and activities of the Biederman Institute, Southwestern was the first law school to establish a post-J.D. program of study leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law. The highly selective graduate program has a limited enrollment each year and has attracted outstanding law graduates from around the world. The curriculum requires the completion of 24 credit hours of full-time study over one year, or part-time study over two to four years. A student has the ability to select a general group of courses, or to pursue a more focused curriculum by choosing courses specific to their desired interest of either entertainment or media law. LL.M. students can also take advantage of many of the experiential learning and cocurricular activities sponsored by the Biederman Institute.