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Music Law in Practice (Spring 2019)

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

Course Description

Coverage and Approach: 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 a final graded work product as a take home written paper based on the in-class exercises. Ungraded practice assignments aimed at preparing for the graded final take home will be required.  Class participation including completion of all practice assignments will be a factor in grading.

Required Textbook:  The required text with required reading for classroom discussion will be Professor Field’s textbook Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice (First Edition) published by Cognella Academic Publishing.  It can be best purchased online at the original publisher pricing as follows:

Paperback: special publisher pricing $97.95 plus shipping:

Hardcover:  special publisher pricing $109.95 plus shipping:

“Active Learning” materials (video, quizzes) are also offered but are OPTIONAL AND NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE

It is also available a slightly higher pricing from online retailers including amazon and Barnes & Noble.   This book is *not* available from the USC Campus Bookstore and must be ordered online.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 8:00 am - 9:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 118/120
  • Exam: Take-home exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Will be a factor in grading