Develop in-depth and practical knowledge of media and entertainment law.

Learn about media and entertainment contracts, sports law, intellectual property rights and much more from leading practitioners and academics.

Course Overview

The LLM in Media and Entertainment Law by distance-learning provides an interesting and eclectic mix of creative practice, research and analytical skills. Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding and in-depth knowledge surrounding the leading issues to govern the media and entertainment industry. It will investigate to what effect these industries try to coexist with one another and work within the legal framework.

This course will enable students to build on their existing stock of knowledge regarding the legal position and regulations governing the media and entertainment industry. This course is going to illustrate domestic, European and international laws in place to try and provide protection for all parties involved.

Due to the delivery nature for this course, it provides students with the flexibility to study at a time convenient for them. Therefore, this is ideal for anyone already working within the industry that needs to expand their knowledge in a particular area/field.

This course will provide students with all the equipment they need to succeed to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Law.

The media and entertainment industry provides an interesting picture when it’s combined with the law. Due to current issues surfacing round ‘the way print media is regulated, to the ever-increasing problems now facing companies over the misuse of social media, this course aims to bring a structure to the way the media and entertainment world is constantly trying to coexist with the law. The law can be deemed to play catch up with society, one reason for this is due to the ever expansion of technological developments within the industry, an example could be seen with issues such as cybercrime and WikiLeaks all of which this course will be investigating. This course is designed to merge commercial practical components and the theoretical understanding of the way these two industries work.

Course Structure

The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 13th-15th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2020, students study the next four 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2021, students study the final two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of media and entertainment law.

Module Choices

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below.

Core Module

  • Contracts in Media & Entertainment Law

15 Credit Modules

  • Intellectual Property Rights & the (New) Media
  • IT, Social Media and the Law
  • Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Advertising Law
  • Ethics, Values & the Media
  • Data Protection

Ideal For

The course is suitable for:

  • Lawyer/Solicitor/Partner – in-house and private practice
  • TV Companies
  • Internet companies
  • Media Companies
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Journalists
  • Publishers
  • Sports Agencies

The Accelerated Route

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2019. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2020).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

Why THIS Course?

  • Develop in-depth and practical knowledge of media and entertainment law.
  • Understand the principles and practice of media and entertainment law and the changing commercial contexts in which these operate.
  • Analyse issues in media and entertainment from a legal perspective.
  • Apply relevant law to help resolve issues that arise in media and entertainment practice.
  • Utilise mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods to help secure settlements.
  • Develop critical thinking and autonomous learning skills, to enable students to gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest, which will enhance employability potential in the media and entertainment sectors.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 20, 2019
This course is Online
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15 - 24 months
8,700 GBP
LLM: £8,700. Accelerated LLM: £9,000.
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