Entertainment Law is an interesting specialism.
The subject of Entertainment Law has lots of crossover with other legal areas. Entertainment Law can involve a wide range of activities in a variety of different settings offering a challenging career option.
Let’s take a look at what Entertainment Law actually is and some of the reasons why you should choose to study this area of law.
What is Entertainment Law?
There isn’t actually one area of the law that is set aside as Entertainment Law, in the way that other fields of law such as Corporate Law or Finance Law have. Instead Entertainment Law can include lots of aspects of different areas of law such as Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law and Employment Law, as well as the regulations of joining different guilds or professional bodies.
Why study Entertainment Law?
To gain an excellent understanding of the important aspects of the law that apply to the Entertainment industry. Entertainment lawyers must have knowledge of many different aspects of the law, such as Business Law, Tax Law and Contract Law, along with being skilled negotiators and networkers. This means that the skills learned on an LLM course focussing on Entertainment Law, along with the contacts that you will meet, can help build your career in the Entertainment industry.
Where is it used?
Entertainment Law is used in lots of different parts of the Entertainment industry such as representing musicians, actors, sports personalities and representing businesses and organisations that work in the Entertainment industry, and this industry ranges from work in film companies to museums and art galleries. Lawyers specialising in Entertainment Law are based wherever there is a large Entertainment industry. In the United States this means big cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville. Around the world international cities including London and Mumbai also have a big demand for Entertainment lawyers.
Where can you study an LLM in Entertainment Law?
If you know where you want to be based after you have completed the course, then it is a good idea to study at a local law school to benefit from contacts the law school has for your future career. In the US, UCLA in Los Angeles offers a course featuring Entertainment Law as does Pepperdine University also in California. In the UK, the University of Westminster in London offers an LLM in Entertainment Law as does De Montfort University in Leicester. Many law schools offer individual modules on Entertainment Law rather than a full LLM program such as the University of Toronto.
What is studied on an LLM in Entertainment Law?
Many Entertainment Law LLM programs also include elements of other areas of the law such as Media Law. The LLM program at UCLA includes modules on topics such as Telecommunications Regulation, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property, Copyright Law and Motion Picture Distribution. Meanwhile, the LLM program in Entertainment law at the University of Westminster offers modules on The Regulation of Relationships in the Entertainment Business and the Law of Digital Entertainment and Social Media.
LLMs in Entertainment Law
Here are some examples of LLM programs in Entertainment Law available to study at universities in the US and the UK, and the ways that you can study them.