Once you have graduated in law you may decide to specialise in one field, and an LLM in Media Law is an interesting subject to study, giving you opportunities to work with clients in print media, broadcast, multimedia and online. Law can be a grey area for journalists and publishers, so specialist lawyers, counsel and in house teams are employed to ensure the accuracy of statements so that newspapers and publishing houses don't get into legal arguments that could potentially cost millions.
You'll find a wealth of areas and study modules at universities providing the LLM in Media Law, which usually takes one year of full-time study and two years if studied on a part-time basis. Expect certain compulsory study modules in any Media Law LLM, including the dissertation – which will need to cover an area within your media law specialisation - and at least one specialist media course. You may also be expected to sit an examination for this course.
Some of the likely modules in an LLM in Media Law include:
Reporting restrictions and the media
Broadcast media regulation
Contempt of Court
Confidentiality and Privacy
Issues in free speech
PCC and Press regulation
Protection and management of privacy
Protection and management of reputation
Regulating media markets
Public protest law
Students can also choose from a variety of other modules to complement their field of study. This could include areas such as intellectual law, banking law, international commercial law, or issues in employment law. The likely module choices will depend upon chosen university and year of study. However wherever you choose to study you are bound to find a wealth of fascinating modules on offer as published content is so variable nowadays.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Media law is an interesting field of study, you will learn about the challenges posed by the content that is all around you, whether in newspapers, magazines or on the Internet. It's likely your studies will incorporate sensitive topics such as pornography, child abuse and violence. Culturally sensitive issues and the regulation of broadcast content go hand in hand across the spectrum of studies in the modern LLM in Media Law, it's a challenging field of study and offers successful graduates opportunities to work in an interesting, fast-moving environment.
If you opt to study an LLM in Media Law, it's likely you plan to join a law firm specialising in working with the media or hope to continue academic studies in this field of study. Working within media law can give you a satisfying and diverse career path, not necessarily within the newspaper or broadcast industry. You could specialise within a discrete area of the media, such as music or publishing, and it's possible you could be working with some big names within entertainment, as well as publishing houses, theatre and art.
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