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Music Law in Practice (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-653
  • Class Number: 03316
  • Instructor: Corey Field

Course Description

Students will acquire a toolbox of legal, analytical, and client management skills required to confidently service music industry clients of all kinds, large and small, in all areas of the music industry, including recording, publishing, live performance, digital, agents and managers, television, film, and media uses of music, digital radio, Youtube, social media, etc.   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 attorneys;
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 music and 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 music industry, and related entertainment industry areas, is the goal.

The objective of the course is the acquisition of a set of knowledge and skills required to practice entertainment law with an emphasis on the music industry.  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.  Students will be required to produce graded work product including written agreements, client memos, and in-class presentations and mock negotiations.  Grading will be based on two written assignments including a mid term, and a final assignment due the last day of class, as well as classroom participation.  Ungraded practice assignments aimed at preparing for the graded assignments will also be required.

Required Textbook:  The required text will be Professor Field’s textbook Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice (First Edition) published by Cognella Academic Publishing, which will be available in late December/early January from as well as leading book retailers (  The assigned book will be available for ordering online and not from the USC Campus Bookstore.  Please note this is an updated version of the Preliminary Edition assigned for Professor Field’s Entertainment Law class Fall 2017.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T 8:00 am - 9:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 7
  • Exam: Paper
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 25 students