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- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Entertainment Law in Practice (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-690
- Class Number: 03354
- Instructor: Corey Field
Coverage and Approach: Students will acquire a toolbox of legal, analytical, and client
management skills required to confidently service entertainment industry clients of all kinds,
large and small, in all areas of the entertainment industry. The emphasis will be on a “you are
the lawyer responsible for achieving results” approach, and students will have the opportunity,
under supervision, to develop the analytical and knowledge skill set for:
? How to provide both legal services and business leadership expected of entertainment
? How to analyze client goals, including re-directing or expanding those goals if required;
? How to correct previous legal errors made by the client;
? How to manage each client’s preferences in matters of risk assessment and legal time
? How to manage the expectations of opposing sides in negotiation and drafting;
? How to learn the entertainment law basics required for each task;
? How to obtain the knowledge and skill set required for each task where the task
presents previously un-encountered issues.
? Contract analysis, drafting, and client communications with a solid legal background in
all areas of the entertainment industry will be the goal.
The objective of the course is the acquisition of a set of knowledge and skills required to
practice entertainment law. During the course, students will be guided through classroom
exercises and assignments that are “real world,” including preparing short memos for clients
explaining what tasks must be accomplished for the client to meet their goals, reading and
editing and drafting short contracts, and other skill and knowledge acquisition exercises in
areas including film and television, music, talent agency and management, celebrity branding
and privacy, and digital new media business models. Students will be required to produce
graded work product including written agreements, client memos, and in-class presentations
and mock negotiations.
Assigned text will be the treatise by Prof. Field, “Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis”
published by Law Journal Press, New York, and available at a special 60% student discount with
free shipping, however it must be directly ordered from the publisher and will not be available
via the USC Bookstore. Please order as soon as possible to allow time for shipping of the
printed version (but the e-version will be available to you immediately):
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T 8:00 am - 9:50 am
- Room Number: Room 103
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 25 students
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