About us

Southwestern Law School has been at the forefront of legal education since its inception a century ago.

Located in Los Angeles at the center of "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and the "Digital Coast," Southwestern has had a long and intensive involvement with the entertainment and media industries. With the establishment of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in 2002, Southwestern further solidified the law school's connection to these key industries.

In 2002, Southwestern established the first Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the U.S. designed to prepare the next generation of effective and talented entertainment, media, and intellectual property lawyers. The 2010 launch of the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online Program, provides the opportunity for students to attend these classes from anywhere in the world.

With the diverse and evolving challenges of the Digital and Information Age, the entertainment and media industries are more complex and exciting than ever before and present a myriad of opportunities for attorneys who practice – and aspire to practice - in these fields.  Drawing on the resources and activities of the Biederman Institute, Southwestern has an outstanding entertainment and media faculty. Students in the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online Program will interact with these professors in a virtual classroom in which materials are more quickly updated, and the array of visual and audio works used by professors will help make the online classes directly relevant to the issues. Professors will incorporate the unlimited resources of the Internet into their classes, as well as images and sounds created or selected for use in connection with specific concepts and issues.

Southwestern has partnered with Kaplan Legal Education (KLE) for the optimal online law student experience. The KLE proprietary Learning Management System (LMS) is an online delivery system developed specifically to support a robust and interactive legal education. Each student receives a customized home page to access their courses and connect with all the people, services, and administrative offices in Southwestern’s virtual hallways.

The Entertainment & Media LL.M. Online program, through Southwestern Law School's Global Education Division, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC**), a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  As a leading accreditor in distance learning, the DETC requires its institutions to provide prospective students with certain disclosures, which Southwestern supports.   Click here for the DETC Consumer Information Disclosure Statement 2013 .

**DETC, 1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Tel.: 202 234-5100 Website: www.detc.org

Please click here for a printable copy (PDF) of the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online brochure.