Program and Courses Overview

Southwestern Law School launched the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute to provide a broad-based entertainment curriculum for law students as well as information and assistance to practitioners.  

The Institute fosters a rich spectrum of courses on subjects ranging from music publishing and motion picture production law to technology agreements and information privacy law. The Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online Program takes advantage of this expertise to offer a select group of courses in a cutting-edge format to students worldwide.

Program Objectives: The Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online program is designed to prepare graduates to enter into the workforce thoroughly prepared to advise and represent clients in the entertainment and media law fields.   The required Copyright Law course provides the foundation of U.S. Copyright Law and its protection of the intangible property rights of owners.  Other than the Copyright Law course, there are no other specific courses required for the LL.M. degree – students are able to choose their courses to suit their interests and goals.  At the completion of the LL.M., students will be able to negotiate and draft various contracts and agreements (i.e., music publishing agreements such as an offer letter for a co-publishing agreement; motion picture production contracts such as writer, producer, director, and performer agreements; music industry contracts such as recording studio, music publishing, record production, live concert, management, agency, digital distribution, synchronization, and branding; theater law agreement such as a collaboration agreement between book writer, composer and lyricist for a musical play; and more) from either side of the negotiating table and will understand the competing interests which arise between the parties. 

Course Design: The course design stems from the sophisticated functionality of the KLE Learning Management System to provide courses that preserve the interactivity of the traditional classroom while delivering the content to students where it is most convenient for them – at an office, at home, or while traveling. The course is organized into 15 interrelated topics called modules. Modules function as an interactive syllabus. Targeted, assigned and supplemental materials are prepared for each module topic. During the semester, students attend live online classes with their professors as they also progress at their own pace through the modules following a detailed syllabus and other guides. The modules - and the students’ progression through them – are carefully arranged in an order that sequentially and incrementally expands the scope of study. 

The complete list of courses offered in Southwestern Law School's Entertainment and Media LL.M. Online program include (and are listed to the right): Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Financing and Distributing Independent Films Law, Information Privacy Law, International & Comparative Media Law, Internet & E-Commerce Law, Mass Media Law, Motion Picture Production Law, Music Publishing Industry Law, Navigating Recording Artists Through the Entertainment Industry Law, Television Production Law, Theater Law, and Video Game Law.

**Southwestern Law School's Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Entertainment and Media Law, offered online through its Global Education Divisoin, is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC): 1601 18th Street, NW, Suite 2, Washington, DC  20009; telephone (202) 234-5100.

**Note: Course selections subject to change