LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law

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Available only at The University of Miami School of Law, and taught by prominent faculty and practicing attorneys, students study this combined graduate degree to focus on areas of law that in today’s world are expanding, converging and at times, intersecting. Hands-on, practical learning teaches skills of high value which can provide the tipping point for attorneys contending for jobs in very competitive areas.

 

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Rankings

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LL.M. Guide ranked Miami Law’s Graduate Program in the 2020 Top 10 in Entertainment/Media Law and in the 2019 Top 10 in Entertainment/Media Law and #2 most popular such Graduate Program in the U.S.

For Sports Law, LL.M. Guide ranked Miami Law's Sports Law track in the Top 10 in 2020 and #1 most popular overall for the sports law track.

LL.M. Guide is the premier website with information on worldwide LL.M. programs with a directory of over 700 law schools. It bases its top-10 rankings on various factors including concentrations, research capacity, existing rankings, international balance, and location.

In 2019 and in 2017 Billboard Magazine listed Miami Law as a leading school in the nation for music law programs; alumni, Horacio Gutierrez of Spotify and Leslie José Zigel of Greenspoon Marder, and Simran Singh of Singh, Singh & Trauben made the list of top music industry lawyers.

 

The EASL LLM Difference: All-Encompassing Preparation + Focused Track of Study

 

Who Should Consider This Degree?

Practicing U.S. attorneys who wish to be better prepared to address emerging and novel issues or lawyers looking to redirect their careers;

Graduates of non-U.S. law schools who want to sit for the New York Bar Exam take a specialized course of study to accumulate enough credits to comply with NY State requirements; 

Foreign lawyers and law students can complete an option for international lawyers; there is also the LL.M. + Intensive Legal English for those who need to improve proficiency;

Current Miami Law students looking to specialize in this area can pursue a joint J.D./LL.M. degree;

Students from other domestic law schools can also take this LL.M. as a visiting student at Miami Law while completing their J.D. at their home law school;

Prospective J.D. students –  J.D. candidates with very strong credentials may be offered early acceptance to the "EASL LL.M. Honors/Early Admission Track.” If accepted, J.D. applicants can complete the J.D. and the LL.M. with only one extra term of study.  If interested, be sure to select "JD/LLM - Entertainment, Arts, Sports Law" joint degree as an area of interest on the J.D. application.

 

Tracks at a Glance

Students get a wide-range of skills in the interconnecting areas of entertainment, arts and sports law while honing their specific area of interest with a choice of three specializations: the entertainment law track, the sports law track, and the arts law track. 

Track Requirements

Entertainment - 11 credits Sports - 15 credits Arts - 11 credits
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Entertainment & Media Law in the Digital Age
  • Intro to TV, Legal and Business Affairs
  • Negotiating & Drafting for the Business of Entertainment
  • Practicum
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Sports Law
  • Negotiating & Drafting Sports Venue Agreements
  • Purchase & Sale of a Minor League Baseball Team
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Practicum
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Art Law
  • Negotiating & Drafting - Art
  • Practicum

 EASL Electives

A Playbook for Leadership and the Law I & II
Marc Trestman, Previously Head Football Coach, Tampa Bay Vipers
Greg Levy, Associate Dean Law Academic & Student Services and Strategic Initiatives; Director, EASL
Jeffrey Pollack, Previously President & CEO, XFL

Bidding For & Hosting Major Events
Myles Pistorius, SVP & General Counsel, Miami Dolphins
Megha Parekh, SVP & Chief Legal Officer, Jacksonville Jaguars

Business, Entertainment & Sports Immigration Law
Rebecca Sanchez-Roig, Immigration Attorney, Pozo Goldstein

Copyright & Trademark Litigation
Vivek Jayaram, Founder, Jayaram Law

Cultural Property and Antiquities Trafficking: Importation Laws and Border Enforcement
Jonathan Zwibel, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Cutting Edge Issues for Sports Law Practitioners in a Collectively Bargained World
Adam Schlatner, Previously Attorney, Cozen O’Connor

Entertainment Law in Latin America
Hernan Pantaleon, Founder, Hernan Pantaleon Abogados

Entertainment & Media Law in the Digital Age
Jose Sariego, Partner, Bilzin Sumberg

E-Sports
Hal Biagas, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Seven1 Sports & Entertainment Group

Fashion Law
Danielle Garno, Partner, Reed Smith

Intellectual Property Transactions & Negotiations
Mansour Ghomeshi, VP, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Board of Directors, 360fly

International Sports Arbitration
David Rivkin, Partner & Former Co-Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group

Intro to TV: Legal & Business Affairs
Marc Zand, Content Acquisitions & Business Affairs, ION Media

Investing in Sports: From Athletes & Venture Capital to Private Equity and SPACs
Charles Baker, C0-Chair, O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group

Negotiating & Drafting for the Business of Entertainment I & II
Harold Flegelman, Founding Program Director and Former Director of the Entertainment Track, EASL

Negotiating & Drafting Sports Venue Agreements
Peter Carfagna, Chairman & CEO, Magis LLC

Media Distribution
Ana Francois, Faculty, UM School of Communications

Music Law
Henry Root, Partner
Smith Entertainment Law Group, LLP
Mike Olsen, Of Counsel, Smith Entertainment Law Group, LLP

Representing the Professional Athlete
Peter Carfagna, Chairman & CEO, Magis LLC

Sneaker Law
Kenneth Anand, Co-Author - Sneaker Law, Founder,3 8 0 Group, Former Head of Business Development & General Counsel of YEEZY Apparel
Jared Goldstein, Co-Author - Sneaker Law, Legal Counsel at LiveIntent Inc.

Special Topics in Cinematic Arts: Producing the Art Documentary
Dennis Scholl, CEO, Oolite Arts

Sports Betting & Regulation
Daniel Wallach, Founder, Wallach Legal LLC

Sports, Ethics, Morality and the Law
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, NFL Players Association

Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers
Patricia White, Professor of Law, Dean Emerita, and Co-Director, Sports Law Track – EASL

The Business of Sports
Andrew Brandt, Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova Law School

Union Organizing & Collective Bargaining in the Entertainment and Sports Industries
Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb

 

Watch Video: Why This Degree in Miami?

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. Entertainment companies engaged here in motion picture, television and music production and distribution include Telemundo, Univision, HBO Latin America, Viacom International, Sony, and BBC Latin America. 

For art, Miami is the exclusive American host of Art Basel 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. 

 

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Admissions

Entertainment Track / Arts Track / Sports Track

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Hands-On Learning

International Student Options

JD/LLM Joint Degree

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Contact: EASL@law.miami.edu

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