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Media law is a diverse area that covers everything from television, music, theatre, radio, print media, multimedia, advertising and more.
It requires a knowledge of contract and intellectual property law, focusing mainly on rights over original contents, combined with a practical understanding of how the media industry is financed and regulated. But it can also extend to cover issues of principle, such as free speech, privacy and reputation.
What you can expect?
Media law is considered to be glamorous and is a highly sought-after practice area. Newly qualified positions are usually very scarce, as trainees who have qualified at media law firms tend to stay on as newly qualified solicitors.
As a media lawyer, the work is varied but generally could be described as putting all the contracts in place to ensure that the rights and responsibilities of all those involved in a project are clear, and advising participants so that the work complies with regulations. Media law tends to be focused in London, although there are opportunities in major regional centres.
Tips for success
You will need:
- Ability to see the bigger picture
- Thorough understanding of copyright law
- Ability able to get on with all types of people
- Good networking skills
- Keen interest in, and the ability to keep up to date with, current industry news