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I consider myself more right wing than that, though.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Entertainment law
« on: December 29, 2008, 10:42:25 PM »
Tom: See my post on your other thread for some basics :)

There are good schools for entertainment law on the east coast (New York, specifically): NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Cardozo.  If the school doesn't have a lot of courses specific to entertainment/media law, make sure they have strong transactional/contract course options - that's what's important :)

Also lots of firms and other in-house opportunities on the east coast.  Between positions at firms, you've also got networks like MTV, labels (Sony, among others), and plenty of other places where you're likely to find in-house lawyers (ASCAP, for example)

Thanks a lot for the help - it is much appreciated  :)

Would my chances of getting an entertainment job be severely diminished if I went to a general T14 school like Duke, Cornell, or Georgetown that isn't really known for entertainment law? My apps have already been sent out, and I mostly just applied to T14 schools because I wasn't sure about any specialties (and I'm still not sure). I also don't anticipate an NYU or Columbia acceptance :(

Incoming 1Ls / Entertainment law
« on: December 29, 2008, 07:41:06 PM »
I already posted this in another thread, but I'm toying with the idea of going into music industry law. Is there anyone who could talk about what exactly music industry lawyers do? I assume it has a lot to do with contracts and copyrights, but I want to hear what other people have to say. Additionally, I know LA schools like USC and UCLA are great for entertainment law, but are there good entertainment law schools on the east coast? Additionally, what are employment opportunities like on the east coast versus the west coast in the entertainment field? Thanks!

I'm just curious to see what concentrations of law everyone is thinking about studying:

I'm interested in studying Intellectual Property Law with a track in Entertainment Law...


I'm considering entertainment law. I've been a trumpet player for 11 years and a self taught guitar player for 9. I'm not sure if I'm ready to take the plunge, though. Going into music law would almost certainly mean going to the west coast (and UCLA in particular), and I have lived in New England my whole life. I'm also considering criminal law, interestingly enough.

Could someone enlighten me on what an entertainment lawyer does in the music business? I don't really know much about it.

Thanks a lot; this is awesome.

Law School Admissions / Re: What have learned?
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:20:32 PM »
I like your rhymin' skillz, Lucas.

It can be about whatever you want to, even both of those. I wrote mine about all the different experiences I have had being a teacher. Just make sure you can talk about specifics. If you have any particularly vivid or transformative experiences with either of those, then try to work them in there.

Law School Admissions / Re: on resume, use UGPA or LSAC GPA?
« on: December 27, 2008, 11:07:58 PM »
she says it looks bad if you round or inflate your GPA (eg, writing 3.7 when your UGPA is 3.68, etc).  i dont see why that necessarily rules out using the LSAC gpa..but whatevs.

If it's that small of a difference, then I don't think it matters. They'll know that you just put the LSAC GPA on the resume. I used my LSAC GPA on my resume and I'm doing fine.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 27, 2008, 11:03:06 PM »
Well, to be fair, I live in a frat house now, so not much has changed. Freshman year was still abysmal, though.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC GPA Percentage
« on: December 27, 2008, 10:52:47 PM »
A fair warning that I really dislike the proliferation of addenda (IMO, they are whiny, and 95% of them make the author sound entitled and obnoxious), so take this advice with a grain of salt.

I think addenda should only be used for circumstances outside of your control. For example - if you came down with mono in the middle of the semester, if you suddenly had to become a caretaker for a grandparent or child, if you lost your scholarship and had to work fulltime to support yourself, if someone close to you died on the morning of the LSAT, etc.

Adjusting to college isn't really addendum worthy. I mean, what are you going to say that will really enhance your application? Many freshmen have a hard time adjusting; the circumstance isn't novel, nor is it something that was really earthshattering enough to seriously justify lower grades. It is what it is. There's nothing to explain.

i was very much of the same opinion as you, but then i read Anna ivey's book and she says difficult-adjustment-college-omg (lol, scratch the 'omg') addenda are okay.  in fact, i think she says they're good.  granted anna ivey isn't the end all be all of the admissions process, but i figure her word's pretty good?  idk i (and she) could be dead wrong though. 

the strange thing with me is that when i hear ppl say they had mono or something, i always feel a bit suspicious.  i guess its the cynic in me.  but i feel like Adcomms *must* feel a bit suspicious about all the mono-addenda they read.. no?  idk, what are your opinions? 

For mono and other serious illnesses, people often submit additional documentation (ie. letters from deans or doctors) as corroboration. Mono is seriously debilitating (Mario Ancic, a former top 10 tennis player did not play for over a YEAR because of mono). I generally give people the benefit of the doubt on sickness. In fact, I personally would be more suspicious of an "hard time adjusting to college" addendum and see it as "I drank and partied for a year before I got my stuff together" in nicer words.

As for Ivey, it's a great resource, but there's a lot of stuff in there that is outdated (for example - her suggestion to send a hard copy of every application in addition to an electronic copy. that's just not necessary anymore). I believe partially due to Ivey and the rise in professional consulting, as well as increased reliance on prelaw advisors, addenda are on the rise. People are writing addenda about everything under the sun and it's not necessary.

Or you could have the "My freshman year roommate liked to smoke weed in the room with his friends at ungodly hours and snored louder than a chainsaw so I never got any sleep" addendum. Man, I hated freshman year.

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