The University of Miami School of Law is the only law school in the world that offers a combined graduate degree program focused upon the entertainment, arts and sports industries. This program provides hands-on learning and responds directly to the increasing need for lawyers who are prepared immediately to practice as these areas continue to expand, intersect and converge.
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Miami is increasingly recognized as a vibrant, growing business center for the entertainment, arts and sports industries, and particularly as a gateway to Latin America. Companies engaged here in motion picture, television and music production and distribution continue to flourish including Telemundo, Univision, HBO Latin America, Viacom International, Sony, and BBC Latin America. Miami is the exclusive host of Art Basel's American showcase of artworks from around the world with more than 250 of the world's leading galleries participating, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year. Miami is also home to professional sports franchises in baseball, football, basketball and hockey, and may soon be home to a fifth (i.e., soccer) and hosts the prestigious Miami Open of professional tennis.
Who Should Consider This Degree?
This degree is designed for U.S. and foreign-based law students and attorneys who are committed to counseling professionals and companies in these fields. The degree is also for lawyers currently in the field who wish to be better prepared to address emerging and novel issues such as equity investment, public-private conduct and regulatory compliance, which have taken on importance and even centrality in these areas. Specifically, the LL.M. is ideal for:
- Practicing attorneys looking to redirect their careers or deepen their expertise in these areas;
- Foreign lawyers who want to further specialize in entertainment, arts and/or sports;
- Current Miami Law students looking to specialize in this area with a joint degree focused on exposure to courses in these areas;
- Students from other law schools looking to specialize in these areas can also take this LL.M. as a visiting student at Miami Law while completing their J.D. This would enable them to receive their JD from their home institution and the LL.M. from Miami Law.
Program Requirements / Courses / Tracks of Study
The LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law comprises two semesters of intensive study and training, consisting of required and elective courses, and a required practicum. This program also offers three specific tracks: Entertainment Law, Arts Law and Sports Law.
Miami Law's Unique Approach
The degree's approach is unique in that it provides a curriculum and related activities focused upon both foundational courses and practical skills training. The program's objectives are to prepare students to be "client-ready" and to be able to walk into a meeting with instant credibility. Skills developed include:
- Being well versed in such areas as business associations, labor law, antitrust law, copyright law and trademark law, all of which are essential to the effective practice of law in these industries
- Understanding respective businesses (including negotiating and drafting), as well as elective courses addressing topical subjects - all taught by prominent practicing attorneys
- Gaining a more intimate understanding of what to expect in practice and becoming apprised on a current basis of recent legal and business developments; this is done by inviting accomplished lawyers and executives in these fields to address students on a weekly basis and attending site visits to local entertainment companies, museums, and professional sports franchises
- Participating in a practicum, a requirement for the degree, affording students the opportunity for additional training in the workplace
What Study Options Are Available?
Full-Time Study or Part-Time Study
Full-time students for the LL.M. program may matriculate only in the Fall semester. Students interested in the part-time LL.M. program may apply for admission to matriculate in the Fall semester and, at the discretion of the Director, may later convert to full-time status. For part-time study, the same minimum number of credits is required for the LL.M. degree and must be earned within five years from the initial date of matriculation.
Joint J.D./LL.M. Program
- J.D. students have the opportunity to earn both degrees in only seven semesters, saving both time and tuition expense. Students take graduate level entertainment, arts, and sports law courses during the third year of their J.D. program, with 12 LL.M. credit hours applied to both degrees. A total of 100 credits is needed to complete both degrees: 76 credits for the J.D. PLUS 24 credits for the LL.M.
- LL.M. students (foreign graduates) have the opportunity to earn both degrees in even less time. In addition to being able to apply 12 LL.M. credits to both degrees, students may also receive up to 29 Advanced Standing Credits for their foreign law studies to be counted towards their J.D.
LL.M. with Intensive English
This option is designed for students who would benefit from improving their English proficiency before they begin their regular LL.M. studies. During the Spring semester, students can focus on achieving the English language and communication skills necessary to succeed in the LL.M. program. After successful completion of their Intensive English semester, students proceed with their regular course of studies.