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Course Descriptions

Entertainment Law in Practice (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-690
  • Class Number: 03354
  • Instructor: Corey Field

Course Description

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

and costs;

? 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): 

Course Details

  • 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