Southwestern offers the most comprehensive post-J.D. program of study leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the country. Under the auspices of the law school’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, Southwestern prepares current attorneys and new law graduates for practice in creative industries such as film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports and the news media. This LL.M. Program features:
- six full-time professors with extensive industry experience and a roster of adjunct faculty that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the entertainment and media law bar
- a rich and varied curriculum including over 45 courses, ranging from foundational subjects to a vast array of more specialized topics
- a comprehensive externship program featuring placements in over 50 settings such as studios, guilds, agencies, law firms, etc.
- the Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic, where students provide business and legal services to independent filmmakers and other creative artists
- an Entertainment Law Firm Practicum
- a prestigious executive board and network of alumni
- an international entertainment law summer program in London, England
- the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law
- an award-winning entertainment law blog
The LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law has a limited enrollment and requires 24 credit hours beyond the J.D. degree. The program may be completed in one academic year of full-time study, or over one-and-a-half to four years of part-time study, beginning in the fall, spring, or summer. Each student has the ability to select from a variety of media, entertainment and intellectual property courses to create a personalized curriculum.