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Requirements for Media and Entertainment Law Certificate
To obtain a Certificate in Media and Entertainment Law, J.D. students must take a total of at least 21 units of the Mandatory and Elective Courses listed below. J.D. students must take all Mandatory Courses. All J.D. students who are "1Ls" or "2Ls" as of August 2014, and all incoming J.D. students thereafter, must take at least 4 units of one or more courses that appear below under Elective Courses (Skills; Clinical). Note that not all listed courses are offered every year.
* USC School of Cinematic Arts courses count as elective Courses (JD students only).
The World of the Producer (4)
The Television Industry: Networks, Cable and the Internet (4)
Feature Film Financing and the Studio System (4)
Digital Technologies and the Entertainment Industry (4)
Entertainment Marketing in Today's Environment (4)
Seminar in Motion Picture Business (4)
The Business of Representation (4)
No more than 4 units of the mandatory or elective Courses may be taken CR/D/F. The Entertainment Law Practicum does not count against this 4-unit limit.
Other courses at the Law School or at other parts of the University or at other universities may count as elective Courses or may substitute for mandatory Courses with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Students may earn certificates in both Business Law and Entertainment Law. Courses, such as Business Organization, Taxation, and Entertainment Law, may count toward both certificates.
Classes taken at other schools count toward the units required for the certificate, even if the student chooses not to have those units count toward the J.D.