The Entertainment Law LLM combines academic analysis with the commercial practice elements of entertainment law. Entertainment is one area which we can all associate with in some shape or form, and the interaction of this exciting subject with the law produces an interesting and eclectic mix. The diverse nature of entertainment law will enable you to follow a number of specialisms, all of which are underpinned by the issues of contract and intellectual property
The course will suit graduates from a law background, or those from a non-law background who have significant relevant experience. It will give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, thoughts and academic experiences within a supportive environment.
The course aims to develop your understanding of how key fields within the entertainment industries operate, to assess the impact of the law upon them, and give you the practical skills necessary to succeed in a career in entertainment and media law.
Dissertation Or Project In Entertainment Law
The dissertation module allows you to extend your research into a topic of your choice within the broad field of entertainment law. You will need to agree the topic with the module leader, and it must not replicate materials covered in other areas of your coursework. The project module enables you to independently explore, research and analyse a given topic or question. It will draw from the area of entertainment law and will be of an applied nature.
You will cover the formation and content of a number of relationships within the entertainment industries. Focusing on contract and contractual theory as well as the broader context of relationships within entertainment, you will examine the negotiation process involved in music business, sports contracts and other media contracts. You will also study the role of professional organisations in the development of contractual term, and analyse deficiencies in contractual bargaining and term formation that have led to legal intervention.
Intellectual Property In The Entertainment Business
You will study the protection provided to creative works by intellectual property (IP) law within a framework of theoretical and economic justifications for IP rights. You will also examine legal issues in the context of the entertainment business, such as substantive protection, control, exploitation, creation and proliferation, balance and enforcement. Other areas covered include authors, copyright, directors, internet, overview of trademarks (registered and unregistered), owners, performers, privacy, media, musicians, the control of ideas, and the law of confidence.
Research Theory and Practice
This module introduces you to the general concepts of legal and social scientific (empirical) methods of research, and gives you a deeper understanding of the principles of advanced research. It will enable you to consider the relevance of these methods for the study of law, as well as giving you an understanding of the legal, social scientific and philosophical debates on methodology. It will also enable you to evaluate your own work and that of other researchers.
Course-specific entry requirements
You should hold an Honours degree (Upper or Lower Second Class Honours degree, with average of 55 per cent or above) in Law, or a degree with a skill profile which shows an aptitude doe legal study, but we will consider mature applicants without standard qualifications who have significant professional experience in the relevant field. Please contact us for an informal discussion if you fall outside the standard category. This course had been very successfully completed by a wide range of non-law graduates. If Law is not the subject of your first degree, evidence of Law-based modules or relevant experience should be supplied. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
As an entertainment law graduate you will be able to develop a career in a whole range of professions within the entertainment industry. Perhaps the most popular of these are roles in sports, music, and media and communications law. The subject gives a modern edge to traditional law subjects and is well respected by employers.
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Last updated April 14, 2016