Director, Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School’s Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute is a leading academic center for the study of entertainment, media, the arts, and sports law. The Institute trains students to become excellent and creative lawyers through rigorous and unique courses, programs, externships, clinical experiences, and other opportunities. Working with a law student population that is more than fifty percent racially and ethnically diverse, the Institute is a pipeline to diversify the legal profession and entertainment industry. Through the Entertainment & the Arts Clinic, the Institute serves and advocates for talent, writers, composers, producers, directors, rights-holders, and others who seek legal assistance with their creative projects and affords students unique, hands-on opportunities to develop critical lawyering skills. The Institute actively seeks opportunities to advance social justice. The Institute sponsors a summer study-abroad program in London, supports a cohort of student scholars, and co-sponsors an internationally recognized entertainment and media law conference. Institute professors publish in leading journals, write books, and present at conferences around the world.

Southwestern has been recognized as a Top Entertainment School by the Hollywood Reporter, a Top Music Law School by Billboard, a Top Advocacy School and Top Intellectual Property School by preLaw magazine, and is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse law schools in the nation. The law school has approximately 950 students in several J.D. tracks (two-year accelerated, traditional day, hybrid four-year evening, and part-time day). We also offer an LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law.

The law school is located in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, in the historic Bullocks Wilshire building. We have returned to in-person instruction and work.

The Institute seeks a full-time Director. The position will carry an academic appointment suitable for the successful candidate’s credentials and experience. The position is open, and the successful candidate can begin immediately but must be able to start no later than July 1, 2022.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop the Institute’s vision and strategic priorities.
  • Represent Southwestern Law School and the Institute within the entertainment industry.
  • Conduct outreach to the entertainment industry, including outreach to BIPOC and other diverse communities.
  • Remain current on changes and trends in the entertainment industry, entertainment and media law, and legal education.
  • Supervise the Institute’s Senior Associate Director.
  • Explore, source, and facilitate appropriate opportunities, programs, affiliations, and collaborations that bolster the Institute’s and Southwestern’s reputation and benefit students.
  • In coordination with other professors and the Curriculum Committee, oversee and develop the entertainment, media, the arts, and sports law curriculum.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Office to attract prospective students to Southwestern.
  • Oversee the administration of non-J.D. entertainment law programs, including the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. program.
  • Teach in the entertainment law curriculum.
  • Co-direct the London summer program.
  • Secure externships, jobs, and other opportunities for students and alumni in collaboration with the Externship Office, Career Services Office, and other departments.
  • Advise and mentor students regarding Institute-related opportunities, including courses, externships, special programs, events, other offerings, and a career in entertainment.
  • Collaborate with the Communications & Marketing department to plan communications to the broader community, both domestically and internationally, to promote the Institute, its programs, students, and graduates.
  • Engage with Southwestern Law School’s entertainment alumni network.
  • In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement, fundraise for the Institute.
  • Plan events, including symposia, conferences, and speaker presentations to maintain and strategically increase Southwestern’s strong ties with the entertainment industry.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Significant experience and an outstanding reputation in the entertainment industry.
  • Strong, current connections in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on Los Angeles.
  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible and successful practice as an entertainment attorney or in a closely related area; significant experience in the entertainment industry before law school may substitute for fewer years in legal practice.
  • Active license to practice in California.
  • Lives in or willing and able to relocate to Los Angeles before beginning the position.
  • Able to work on campus Monday through Thursday, with the option to work remotely most Fridays.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior law-school teaching experience (full-time or part-time).
  • Strong entertainment industry connections in cities like New York City, Atlanta, and Nashville.
  • Fundraising or grant-writing experience.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • A passion and demonstrated track record of working with students or mentoring newer attorneys in the areas of entertainment law, media law, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies in an educational environment committed to access, equity, and inclusion.
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a vision and then initiate, plan, design, and execute multiple complex projects simultaneously with attention to detail and a high level of excellence.
  • A commitment to life-long learning.
  • High level of integrity.
  • Exceptional work ethic.

To Apply

For full consideration, interested individuals should apply by submitted a resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter connecting their experience to the job responsibilities to by November 19, 2021. Our review of candidate materials will begin on or about November 21 and continue on a rolling basis.

Southwestern Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.