Entertainment & The Arts Legal Clinic

The Entertainment and the Arts Legal 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.

  1. For Filmmakers

    Does your independent film need free legal services?

    Southwestern law students in the clinic provide services at no cost to filmmakers under the supervision of Professor Jay Gendron (formerly Vice President of Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television). To be eligible, projects must be fully funded and scheduled to commence production in the near future. 

    Services may include:

    • documentation of underlying rights and chain-of-title
    • personal services agreements for the producer, director, actors and principal crew
    • location agreements, releases and other miscellaneous production documents
    • sales agency and distribution agreements

    Filmmakers who wish to apply should contact Professor Gendron at entproduction@swlaw.edu. Films will be selected on an on-going basis.