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Media and Entertainment Law Certificate

Earning a certificate in Media and Entertainment Law in addition to your JD degree gives you the insights and practical skills to succeed in legal practice relating to film, television, communications, digital media and the internet, copyright and trademark, music, sports, and much more. It also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in this exciting area of the law.

You may concurrently earn multiple certificates offered by USC Gould. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, you must take at least 21 units of mandatory courses, core electives and other electives as outlined below. The courses go beyond the doctrinal and policy-oriented offerings in a traditional curriculum to provide you with experiential training that prepares you for practice.

Our Media and Entertainment Law courses emphasize the importance of acquiring both strong legal skills and familiarity with business concepts. The curriculum features a combination of lecture-style and skill-based courses taught principally in a workshop format. You also have the option of enrolling in electives through the renowned USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Mandatory Courses

  • Business Organizations
  • Intellectual Property or Copyright, Trademark and Related Rights
  • Taxation

Electives: Substantive Law

  • Antitrust
  • Art Law
  • The Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology
  • Communications Law: Internet, Television and Other Media
  • Entertainment Law
  • Entertainment Unions and Guilds
  • First Amendment
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Internet Law
  • Legal and Business Issues in the Digital Age

Electives: Skills, Clinical (at least 4 units required)

  • Business Planning: Structuring and Financing a New Enterprise
  • Copyright Law in Practice
  • Counseling the Startup
  • Deal Structure, Strategy and Negotiation
  • Deals
  • Entertainment Law in Practice
  • Entertainment Practicum
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Sports Law in Practice
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trademark Law in Practice
  • Video Game Law in Practice

Electives: USC School of Cinematic Arts

  • The Business of Representation
  • Digital Technologies and the Entertainment Industry
  • Entertainment Marketing in Today's Environment
  • Feature Film Financing and the Studio System
  • Seminar in Motion Picture Business
  • The Television Industry: Networks, Cable and the Internet
  • The World of the Producer

Not all courses are offered every year.

Other courses at USC Gould or other schools at USC or other universities may count as electives or may substitute for mandatory courses with approval from the associate dean for Academic Affairs.

Mei Tuggle, JD 2017

I really like the practical classes that I have been able to take. In my favorite class, we've been dealing with a very hands-on hypothetical start-up. We focus on a fictitious studio from conception to creating its legal entity to the release of a slate of movies. We reviewed financing as well as domestic and foreign distribution agreements, negotiated and drafted documents, and learned how to use those agreements to secure initial funding from banks.

Mei Tuggle, JD 2017

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