"I would recommend this degree to a student who loves music and wants to advocate on behalf of artists and use aspects of the legal profession to help them pursue a career in the music industry."
- Dana Vouglitois, J.D./M.M. '13
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The University of Miami School of Law and UM's Frost School of Music - ranked one of the top music business schools by Billboard Magazine and by the Hollywood Reporter - offer the first ever joint degree program in law and music business. Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries degree from the School of Music.
In this specialization, students not only learn the essentials of law, but also the common practices of the music business – essential skills for becoming a successful attorney in the music 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 four major music cities in the U.S. and as the music center for the Latin American Divisions of all major music companies, Miami offers exceptional internship and work opportunities.
Joint Degree specifics
All the requirements of the J.D. and M.M. programs must be fulfilled; however, nine law credits will apply to the M.M. degree, and six M.M. credits will count toward the J.D. degree saving a total of 15 credits between the two programs.
- 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.M. program.
- Students should let Prof. Serona Elton know that they are applying to the M.M. program.
- Students will find an application for the joint degree program under the list of graduate program applications: https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.ftl
- Only the LSAT exam is required.
- Students who apply to the joint degree program are giving permission for the M.M. (or M.A.) program admissions staff and faculty to review their complete J.D. application.
- Students already enrolled in the M.M. program are not eligible to apply to the joint program.
- Students will complete the first-year law school curriculum in its entirety before taking any M.M. courses.
- All other J.D. requirements must be met. Six credits will be satisfied by two M.M. courses. These courses must be completed before the J.D. degree will be conferred.
- Twenty-one credits of M.M. courses are required and cover topics such as music copyright law, music industry agreement, music publishing and licensing, recorded music operations, marketing and promotion, and others. More information about courses in the M.M. curriculum can be found in the UM Academic Bulletin.
- Nine School of Law credits will be applied to the M.M. degree in the areas of intellectual property, business, and tax law topics. The M.M. 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 offering 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.
- 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
Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives
University of Miami School of Law
Serona Elton, Esq.
Director, Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program
Chair, Music Media and Industry Department
University of Miami, Frost School of Music