What is an “Entertainment Lawyer”?
At the core, an “Entertainment Lawyer” provides legal advice, counsel and representation to companies and individuals ("talent") in the entertainment industries, including TV, movies, radio, music, theater, publishing, digital media and video games.
Although entertainment lawyers might represent directors, actors or musicians, they more often advise companies that produce and distribute entertainment content, license celebrity brands, purchase and sell companies or music catalogues.
The areas of law most frequently associated with the field are intellectual property, contracts, corporate, employment/labor, securities, international, taxation, immigration, and litigation.
Why the Entertainment Law track within the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M.?
Entertainment law is a demanding career that requires a firm grounding substantive law, and practical skills relating to the entertainment industry.
By studying the entertainment track within the comprehensive EASL LL.M., it is possible for students to fully prepare for the practice of “entertainment law,” thereby giving them a competitive edge in the search for employment in the industry. In addition, Billboard Magazine ranked many Miami Law alumni as top music lawyers in 2021, ranked Miami Law as a top 2019 music law school, and in 2021 LL.M. Guide ranked the program in its top 10 list and also in its 2020 list plus it included ranked Miami Law's program in the Top 10 in Entertainment/Media Law in 2019 and #2 most popular program in the U.S.
There is also a strong tradition of entertainment law at the University of Miami. The Entertainment and Sports Law Society(ESLS) is one of the most active student organizations and it has hosted an annual international symposium since 1997. Read more on entertainment law at Miami Law.
Courses and Requirements
The LL.M. is two semesters consisting of required and elective courses, and a practicum. All courses are taught by Law School faculty and prominent practicing attorneys. The blended nature of the LL.M. enables students to maximize their studies and create a curriculum to match individual professional interests.
See Requirements for International Students Who Plan to Take the NY Bar
International students have the option to do a special course of study in the LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law to accumulate enough credits to comply with the State Board of Law Examiners’ requirements to qualify to sit for the New York Bar Exam. These students still complete the LL.M. in the same two-semester period and earn the same degree. If an international student does not want to take the N.Y. bar (or wants to take additional courses) he or she can use the additional courses for study of EASL electives of their choice.
Required NY Bar Courses:
* This course complies with the State Board of Law Examiners’ requirements to qualify to sit for the New York Bar Exam.
PREREQUISITES (4 of 6 required or equivalent): Administrative Law, Antitrust, Business Associations, Federal Income Tax, Labor Law, Trusts and Estates
Entertainment & Media Law in the Digital Age - This course will introduce students to a range of legal and practical issues they will encounter as media and entertainment professionals grappling with the evolving technological landscape
Introduction to Television Legal & Business Affairs - This course provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, business and financial aspects of the Entertainment Industry, with a particular focus on television.
Negotiating and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment - Introduces students to advising clients, and reading, drafting and negotiating contracts with application to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity transactions.
Copyright Law - Addresses the legal protection provided under the Copyright Act of 1976 (and subsequent amendments) for artistic, musical and literary works (including computer programs).
Practicum - Affords students the opportunity for additional training in the workplace. Placements have included: NBC Univiversal/Telemundo, HBO Latin America, BBC Worldwide Americas, Warner Music, Universal Music, Spotify, Ultra, Jazwares, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and more.
MIAMI LAW ENTERTAINMENT LAW CONFERENCE
EXAMPLES OF ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS
Copyright & Trademark Litigation
Entertainment Law in Latin America
Miami – A Growing International Center for the Entertainment Industry
As a center of music and film and a hub for the Hispanic media industry, the city is fueled by an influx of international ideas and has witnessed the growth of both homegrown companies and international offices. These companies include Fortune 500 Latin American headquarters for: HBO, CAA, BBC, Nickelodeon, Discovery Networks, Sony, Disney, ESPN, Viacom. Students have access to this network with local mentors, practicums and externships.
International Study Option: Global Sports and Entertainment Law Course
Offered in conjunction with the Madrid-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE), a leader in legal education, Miami Law offers a course for law students and professionals who are interested in broadening their understanding of the global sports and entertainment industries and provides an understanding of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and the international entertainment and sports law landscapes.
ENTERTAINMENT LAW TRACK LEADERSHIP & FACULTY
Ivy Kagan Bierman – Director of the Entertainment Track and Adjunct Faculty. Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles and one of a select few entertainment industry labor lawyers looked to for representation in guild and union matters. She was recently selected by the Beverly Hills Bar Association as the “2015 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.”
H.Gwen Marcus - Distinguished Practitioner and Advisor, Entertainment Track, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. Gwen Marcus has enjoyed a four-decade career in entertainment law, having most recently served as Showtime Networks Inc.’s longtime Executive Vice President & General Counsel. Ms. Marcus joined Showtime in 1984 as Assistant Counsel after serving as an associate in the entertainment department of the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she represented clients in the theatre, film, television, and publishing industries.
Michael Cheah – General Counsel of Vimeo, one of the premiere video-sharing websites. Responsible for leading the company’s public policy and legal compliance efforts.
Harold Flegelman - Founding Program Director and Former Director of the Entertainment Track, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law.
Ana Francois - Faculty member at University of Miami School of Communication, Francois specializes in media management issues such as startups, rights management and valuations.
Mansour Ghomeshi - IP expert and VP and General Counsel at 360fly; previously lead IP counsel at Motorola and teaches course on Intellectual Property, Transactions and Negotiations.
Vivek Jayaram - Intellectual property expert with years of experience handling complex IP and general business disputes for U.S. companies in state and federal courts and for several foreign businesses.
Professor Lili Levi teaches copyright law and international copyright law, defamation and privacy law; and prior thereto, was Broadcast Counsel at CBS, Inc. Her scholarship focuses on media and communications law.
Michael Olsen - former Senior Vice President for Business Development at IndieBlu Music.
Hernán Pantaleón - Over 20 years' experience in art, entertainment, mergers & acquisitions, banking and finance; teaches courses on Legal Aspects of TV Production in Latin America and Doing Business in Latin America.
Henry W. Root - partner at Lapidus, Root & Sachrow, LLP with 30+ years of legal and business affairs experience in the entertainment, music, television and media industries.
Jose Sariego – Partner at Bilzin Sumberg, specializing in International corporate and entertainment lawyer with more than 25 years experience. He was previously the SVP– Business & Legal Affairs for Telemundo
Jaime Vining – Teaches Trademark and Advanced Trademark Law, and named a “rising Star” by Florida’s Super Lawyer Magazine since 2009.
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