The Entertainment and the Arts Legal Aid Clinic is a clinical course in which students will provide legal services to real clients. Specifically, the Entertainment and the Arts Legal Aid Clinic provides production legal services to "micro-budget" (generally under $500,000) movies that have already secured financing and are being produced during the school term.
These services will include some or all of the following:
- "clean-up" documentation of underlying rights and chain-of-title;
- personal services agreements for the producer, director, other principal crew, and actors;
- location agreements, releases and other miscellaneous production documents; and
- possibly sales agency and distribution agreements.
Potential clients are solicited from industry publications/websites and fellow Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) grantees , and partially screened by the faculty prior to the commencement of the course. Several prospective clients will then be interviewed by the class in order to select one or more clients to represent. Students will provide legal services throughout the course of the production under faculty supervision.