» LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law

With cooperation from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the School of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Entertainment and Media Law that is designed to combine the study of entertainment legal principles with the exploration of the artistry of film and media arts, with opportunities for critical connections through Dodge College and the greater Southern California film industry.


Professors are licensed professionals with comprehensive industry experience, and their collective work includes:

  • Representing and advising motion picture distribution companies, major film studios, and entertainment unions
  • Conducting media and sports contract negotiations
  • Publishing copiously in legal journals
  • Attaining industry-acknowledged expert status in the realm of intellectual property law

Learn more about LL.M. admission requirements, program requirements, and cost of attendance.

+ - Courses

Required Courses

  • COPYRIGHT LAW (3 credits)
  • ENTERTAINMENT LAW (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS (2 credits)
  • ADVANCED TOPICS IN COPYRIGHT LAW (2-3 credits)
  • ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (2-3 credits)
  • ENTERTAINMENT LAW CLINIC (3 credits)  
  • FIRST AMENDMENT LAW (3 credits)
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (3 credits)
  • INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (2-3 credits)
  • NEGOTIATING AND DRAFTING MEDIA INDUSTRY TRANSACTIONS (3 credits)
  • PATENTS AND TRADE SECRETS (2 credits)
  • SPORTS LAW (2-3 credits)
  • TAXATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1-2 credits)
  • TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION (2 credits)

+ - Learning Outcomes

The law school faculty have identified the following learning outcomes as critical to a law degree and to developing the skills needed to become a proficient attorney.

  1. Understanding American Law – LL.M. students with foreign law degrees will demonstrate an understanding of the legal system of the United States by applying (1) the common law and case method, (2) basic principles of legal procedure, and (3) specific content areas relevant to their area of emphasis to propose, assess, justify, and/or recommend resolutions to simulated and real-world legal issues.
  2. Emphasis-Appropriate Content and Analysis – LL.M. students should demonstrate subject matter knowledge and information appropriate to their area of emphasis and their personal and program goals. Students should apply legal rules and information appropriate to their area of emphasis to formulate clear and effective legal analysis and to prepare and recommend solutions to legal problems.
  3. Emphasis-Appropriate Skills – LL.M. students should develop essential skills appropriate to their area of emphasis and their personal and program goals.
-- For Trial Advocacy emphasis students, this primarily means skills appropriate to trial practice.
-- For Business Law emphasis students, this primarily means practice-related legal research and writing, as well as skills such as Negotiation and Mediation for students with those focus
-- For International & Comparative emphasis students, this primarily means academic legal writing (Directed Research/Thesis).
-- For Entertainment Emphasis students, it primarily means real-world negotiating and drafting media-related legal instruments via the Entertainment Law
-- For Tax emphasis students, this primarily means tax-related practice skills and legal research/writing.
 

+ - Faculty

Professors are licensed professionals with comprehensive industry experience.

  • Kathy Heller, Executive Director of the Entertainment Law Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Law
  • Tom W. Bell, Professor of Law 
  • Judd Funk, Professor of Entertainment Law 
  • Mary Lee Ryan
, Professor of Entertainment Law

Adjunct Faculty

  • Lois Fishman, Founder of the Law Office of Lois R. Fishman 
  • J.D. Sanchez, 
Adjunct Professor of Law

+ - Contact Us

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Chapman University Fowler School of Law
LL.M. Programs
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
714-628-2635
714-628-2655 fax
llm@chapman.edu
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