The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School of Music offer the first ever joint degree program in law and arts presenting. Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Arts in Live Entertainment Management.
In this specialization, students not only learn the essentials of law, but also the common practices of the arts presenting and live entertainment industry – essential skills for becoming a successful attorney in this area of the music and entertainment industry. Through this joint program, students can complete both degrees in less time (3 to 4 years) while studying at a top law school and one of the best music schools in the country. And, as one of the major music cities in the U.S., Miami offers exceptional internship and work opportunities.
Snapshot: Timing & Credits Saved
Begin Taking Graduate Courses
Shortest Completion Time
6 semesters + 2 summers
J.D. Credits Required
Graduate PGM Credits Required
Number of Credits Saved
15 (6 J.D., 9 M.A.)
• Applicants may apply before they begin the J.D. program OR they may apply during their first or second year of Law School. (Students must be accepted to the J.D. program before they are eligible for acceptance into the J.D./M.A. program.)
• Students should let Professor Gary Wood know that they are applying to the M.A. program.
• Students will find an application for the joint degree program under the list of graduate program applications
• Only the LSAT exam is required.
• Students who apply to the joint degree program are giving permission for the M.A. program admissions staff and faculty to review their complete J.D. application.
• Students already enrolled in the M.A. program are not eligible to apply to the joint program.
• All the requirements of the J.D. and M.A. programs must be fulfilled.
• Students will complete the first-year law school curriculum in its entirety before taking any M.A. courses.
• All other J.D. requirements must be met. Six credits will be satisfied by two M.A. courses. These courses must be completed before the J.D. degree will be conferred.
• Twenty-one credits of M.A. courses are required and cover topics such as tour management and production, live entertainment industry agreements and legal aspects, music copyright, performing arts center and facility management, sponsorship in the live entertainment industry, marketing and promotion, and others. More information about courses in the M.A. curriculum can be found in the UM Academic Bulletin.
• Nine School of Law credits will be applied to the M.A. degree in the areas of intellectual property, business, and tax law topics. The M.A. degree will not be conferred until these nine credits are completed.
• Student are encouraged to fashion a balanced upper-class law school curriculum which prepares them to provide legal services to clients in the business and entertainment industries including specific offerings regarding arts and entertainment law, as well as more general offerings in domestic and international aspects of fields such as antitrust, business associations, commercial law, intellectual property, tax and torts.
• The M.A. curriculum is prescribed and is offered primarily in the fall and spring semesters, with limited offerings in the summer. Most courses are offered only in the fall or spring of a given academic year. Some courses may be available to take online.
• If a student in the joint program wants to take music elective course (e.g., Musicology, Psychology of Music, Audio for Producers, etc.) arrangements will be made to accommodate the request.
• Students are able to complete the joint degree program within three years if summer courses are taken. Students may also choose to complete the program within three and ½ years or four years.
For More Information
Gary Alan Wood
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Director, Live Entertainment Management Program
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Hakim A. Lakhdar
Director, Professional Legal Programs
University of Miami School of Law