London Summer Program

For law students looking for a deeper global perspective, Southwestern offers a study abroad program in London.

  • 2019 Brochure (PDF)
  • 2019 Application (PDF)
  • 2019 Consortium Agreement (PDF

Southwestern Law School, under the auspices of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, will host a five-week Summer Program in International Entertainment and Media Law at the University of Law from June 16 to July 19, 2019.  

This unique and exciting program offers a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences through:

  • Courses on international entertainment, art, negotiating and drafting international entertainment contracts, and comparative media law
  • Instruction provided by U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience
  • Guest lecturers on course-related topics
  • Field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice, and other legal, entertainment, media, and cultural institutions in London

Program Details:

Sunday, June 16 through Friday, July 19, 2019.

The University of Law, a private law school operating throughout the UK. 

Links to Course Descriptions

International Entertainment Law
* International Art Law
Comparative Media Law 
* Negotiating & Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

Course Schedule

Period One Period Two

International Entertainment Law

Monday - Thursday (9AM-11AM)

Comparative Media Law

Monday - Thursday (11:10AM-1:10PM)

International Art Law

Monday - Thursday (9AM-11AM)

Neg. & Drafting Int'l Entertainment Contracts

Monday - Thursday (11:10AM-1:10PM)


Saturday, June 15                

Sunday, June 16                                                                                                                                                                  

Monday, June 17

Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18                                                                                                                                                                

Friday, July 19                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Sunday, July 21


Students check into College Hall

Mandatory Orientation; Thames River Cruise (includes academic component)

Classes begin

Last day of classes

Final exams in International Entertainment Law and International Art Law

Final exams in Comparative Media Law and Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts; Farewell Dinner Party

Last day to vacate College Hall


  1. International Entertainment Law

    Professor Geoffrey Scott 

    Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is in intellectual property and on the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He has given particular attention to the protection of cultural properties in both Europe and Asia, to domestic and international entertainment issues with an emphasis on music, and to the representation of the individual professional athlete. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2004-2005 for his research in the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies in the fields of biotechnology and intellectual property law. Professor Scott has taught courses and given lectures in London and other European capitals as well as Kyoto, Beijing, and Seoul. He is the founder and supervisor of the Penn State Arts, Sports, and Entertainment Law Clinic.

  2. International Art Law

    Professor Henry Lydiate 

    Professor Henry Lydiate is a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He conducted a two-year research project into the legal needs of visual artists in the U.K. in the 1970’s. This led to his establishment of Artlaw Services, a free legal advice, education and training service for the art community which he served as chair, legal adviser and trainer/educator until 1984. Professor Lydiate writes a regular Artlaw column published in Art Monthly since its first issue in 1976, and his collected articles are published by Artquest at Currently a consultant specializing in visual art and design, Professor Lydiate now teaches the M.A. Arts Management course at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge and the M.A. Arts Policy and Management course at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is Visiting Professor of Artlaw at the University of the Arts, London. He received his Bachelor of Laws, LLB, from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1969; Barrister, Inns of Court, UK, 1974 Pupilmaster, Inns of Court, UK, 1990.

  3. Negotiating & Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

    Professors Jay Gendron and Orly Ravid '14

    Jay Gendron is an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern, where he teaches Entertainment Business Affairs Negotiation, the Entertainment Law Capstone and in the Entertainment and the Arts Law Clinic.

    Professor Gendron spent more than 20 years at Warner Bros. Television, most recently as Vice President of Business Affairs, serving as the primary point person for negotiations with writers, producers, directors and actors for the world’s largest supplier of primetime scripted television. In this position, he handled all aspects of television business affairs, including network license agreements, rights acquisitions and A-Level overall writer/producer agreements. Prior to that, Professor Gendron was Vice President of Legal Affairs, where he oversaw all legal aspects of production, rights acquisitions, co-production agreements, distribution agreements, negotiation/drafting of contracts and obtaining court approval of minors’ contracts. He also drafted seminal development, license and termination agreements for The WB network. Before joining Warner Bros. in 1991, Professor Gendron was Director of Legal Affairs at Lorimar Television for several years. There, he served as production counsel, primarily handling network license agreements and clearance matters. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney with the firms of Leopold, Petrich & Smith and McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea. Professor Gendron earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Duke University. While in law school, he was editor of the Duke Legal Research Program. He also took part in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Advocacy Project and served on the Moot Court Board.


    As a transactional associate in our nation’s entertainment capital, Professor Orly Ravid’s 17-year career in film including acquisitions, sales, film festival programming, theatrical and festival distribution, and business affairs enables her to see past the preview to better help her clients.

    As an entertainment attorney in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s Motion Picture, Television & Music Transactions Department and the founder of non-profit The Film Collaborative (TFC), Professor Ravid counseled and contributed to Sundance’s Artist Services / Transparency Project and has spoken about distribution on panels and conferences at film schools and festivals including Sundance, UCLA, USC, IDFA, Cannes, SXSW, and LAFF/Film Independent. She has written numerous articles on distribution, some of which have debuted on Indiewire before appearing on TFC’s website.

    Professor Ravid is committed to helping artistically, and intellectually rigorous and important films reach their respective audiences via financial models that are sustainable for filmmakers. Called a “big picture” thinker, she founded TFC in response to a dominant and overarching structure that favors middlemen over filmmakers. She is as passionate about protecting filmmakers’ rights and revenues as she is about quality filmmaking.

    Professor Ravid earned her B.A. degree from Columbia University and her J.D. degree from Southwestern. She is a member of the California State Bar.

  4. Comparative Media Law

    Professor RonNell Anderson Jones 

    Professor RonNell Andersen Jones is an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and is the Lee E. Teitlebaum Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones teaches, researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press andon the intersection between the media and the courts, with a particular focus on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her work on press-freedom issues has appeared in numerous top journals, including Northwestern Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, UCLA Law Review , and Harvard Law Review Forum . Her scholarship also addresses emerging areas of social media law and issues of government accountability and transparency. Professor Jones graduated first in her law school class and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court.

Additional Details

  1. Admissions, Fees and Deadlines

    Admission and Course Credit

    Southwestern is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The ABA has approved the International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program in London. Most applicants must be students in good standing at an American or Canadian law school. Applicants with sufficient English proficiency from law schools in European Union and other countries will also be considered for admission. Prior to the start of the summer program, each student must have completed the first year of law study and must submit a transcript and a letter of good standing from his/her home institution. If applications are received from more students than the program can accommodate, the academic performance of applicants (as shown by their transcripts) may be considered in deciding which applicant will be accepted.

    Students may register for two courses, for a maximum total of six semester units of credit. Any requests for class change must be made in writing to the Biederman Institute. Each professor will administer a written final exam and assign grades. Grades will conform to Southwestern's grading policies. Southwestern utilizes an alpha grading system in which the actual grade earned is represented by an alphabetical letter. Grades range from A+ (4.33) to F (0.00). No unit credit will be granted if the grade received is an F. Additional information can be found in  Southwestern's Student Handbook, which will be sent to all applicants and is also available upon written request. Students are advised to consult their home institution policies concerning the transfer of credit for coursework.

    Southwestern will send a transcript to the student's home institution following completion of the program and final payment of all tuition and fees. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to determination by the student's home institution. Students should be aware that participation in a summer program is unlikely to accelerate their graduation date; students interested in acceleration should consult their home institution.

    NOTE: Acceptances to the program will be offered to applicants on a rolling basis, beginning February

    1. Applications will be accepted until maximum enrollment is reached. Enrollment in each course is limited due to classroom size, so early application is strongly encouraged.

    A reservation fee of $750 will be due immediately after acceptance. Until the reservation fee is received, the student's spot in the program will not be reserved and may be offered to another applicant.


    Application Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)


    Reservation Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)




    Housing and Materials
    (includes housing, breakfast, books and materials, London-area excursions, orientation lunch and final dinner party





    Confirmation notice and enrollment agreement


    Payment in full or financial aid confirmation

    May 1


  2. Travel and Living Accommodations

    Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from London. Housing information for the Summer 2019 program will be posted soon.

    State Department Travel Information

    For information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom, visit the United States Department of State website for information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program will be conducted, all registrants will be notified promptly of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  In the event that students withdraw from the program as permitted in these criteria during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.

  3. Liability and Insurance

    Southwestern will not be responsible for personal injuries to students, medical conditions, or for loss or damage to personal property within or in transit to London. Southwestern requires students to obtain health insurance that covers or reimburses for health care abroad, and requires the plan to cover medical evacuation and repatriation.

  4. Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Cancellation Policy

    Southwestern reserves the right to change or cancel the London Summer Program at any time prior to May 1. Southwestern also reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of the program or any course at a later date will occur only if necessary for reasons beyond Southwestern's control. For cancellation that occurs after a deposit has been paid, the program director will use his best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires, and all money advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation. Students who have paid a deposit or registered for the program also have the opportunity to withdraw from the program if there are changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program and receive a refund of fees paid, with the exception of room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal. In the event of cancellation, students will immediately be notified by email, phone and U.S. mail. This program has not been cancelled in prior years.

    Tuition Refund Policy

    Students who withdraw from the program or request a class change must notify the Director of the London Summer Program in writing as early as possible. Students who withdraw before the first day of the summer program may receive a 100% credit of charged tuition, with the exception of the non-refundable application fee and registration deposit. Thereafter, refund for tuition is prorated on a daily basis. After 60% of the program is completed, there is no refund.

    Students who withdraw from the program prior to the commencement of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or the cancellation of the program, including cancellation because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after the cancellation or withdrawal.

    Students who withdraw from the program during the course of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or termination of the program, including termination because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.