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Media and Entertainment Law Certificate

Earning a certificate in Media and Entertainment Law in addition to your LLM 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 12 units of mandatory and elective courses 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
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property or Copyright, Trademark and Related Rights


    • Antitrust Law I
    • Contract Drafting, Analysis and Negotiation (LLM)
    • Contract Drafting and Strategy
    • Copyright Law in Practice
    • Counseling the Startup
    • Entertainment Dealmaking
    • Entertainment Law in Practice
    • Entertainment Law Practicum
    • First Amendment
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Internet Law
    • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
    • Patent Law
    • Secured Transactions
    • Sports Law in Practice
    • Taxation
    • Technology Transactions
    • Telecommunications Law
    • Trademark Law in Practice
    • Venture Capital Law and Finance
    • Video Game Law in Practice
    • Topics in Entertainment Law
      • Talent Negotiation
      • Intellectual Property Licensing (LLM)
      • Legal and Business Issues in the Digital World (LLM)
      • Current Issues Challenging the Industry (LLM)

    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

    You may choose to take one of the above courses at USC Cinematic Arts. To request enrollment, email with the course name and number.

    Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are open to all students, not just those pursuing a certificate. You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 in your certificate coursework to receive the certificate.

    Per American Bar Association requirements, courses taken outside USC Gould do not count toward the LLM degree. In addition, the New York Bar does not recognize USC School of Cinematic Arts courses.

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