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Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 02:48:19 PM »
This is a continuation of my prior post.

This is something I did think about when choosing law schools, but many students donít. With your numbers you are probably capable of getting some pretty outstanding scholarships and one thing that doesnít change regardless of your personal opinion, location, or what U.S. News thinks is debt. Paying off 150,000 that is accruing 8.5% interest or 6.8 % the whole packages is a very real factor. I donít know what each school costs, but look into it. Apply to some other schools in the locations and get scholarship money, BUT if you get scholarship pay attention to the conditions this article does a good job explaining why.

Really be careful about it I remember one school in Miami I think FIU is only 10,000 a year, which is a phenomenal price and you donít even have to worry about scholarship conditions just something to think about. There are few schools around the country that offer in-state tuition and those are phenomenal deals. Just factors to consider.

At basically every ABA school you will essentially learn the same thing. First year will be torts, criminal law, LRW, con law, civil procedure, contracts, property, criminal procedure or some variation on that. No matter where you go you will be using the same textbook and reading Supreme Court cases whether no matter what school you go to that will be your first year possibly with some slight variation.

You may get some entertainment law classes mixed in, but there is a 50% chance you will be in the bottom 50% of whatever school you go. Nothing personal just how law school works, everybody on the first day is pretty certain they will be in the top 10%, but 90% will be wrong. Then there is a 50% chance you will be in the bottom half of the class and you may freak out about the bar and then start taking bar related courses opposed to anything with entertainment law. Or after going through first year you might just freak out about the bar even if you do well.  I imagine most schools have a 40-50 required units and most require between 85-88 to graduate so you might have 30 units of course and I doubt any place offers 30 unites of entertainment law course and even if they did the courses would overlap during a two year period and these again are just realities to think about.


It is great you want to do entertainment law, but unfortunately so do a lot of other people. It is a very competitive field and there is a good chance you will not the ideal entrainment law job your seeking. Donít let me deter you it is just a fact plenty of people overcome odds, and Iím sure your capable of doing it, but it is very competitive.
Furthermore, do you have any actual experience with entertainment law? Do you actually know what it is or do you just think it sounds fun to work on movie deals? I donít know you or your situation, but if you just think it would be cool to do movie deals and have no experience in it I would recommend seeing what is they do. There are some cool things, but fighting for 6 months about  clause 242 of Mick Jaggerís contract that imposes shipment costs on the studio instead of Mick might not be as exciting as it sounds.  Again I donít know if you have experience you do, but these again just things to think about.

Honestly, many people go in to law school thinking they know exactly what they want to do, but it usually changes. I thought IP law was where it was at when I started (of course I knew nothing about IP law had no background in computer science or anything like that, but my school was ranked top 10 in IP law (stupidly this was a factor in my decision). Of course I did not end up taking one IP law class after the first year and got really into any trial advocacy, which when I started law school is something I never though would happen since I Was terrified of public speaking when I enrolled, but things change.

-I was an idiot for making that a basis of my decision and Iím sure your not making the same mistake, but I wanted to relay that story just in case. Thankfully things worked out for me and I found that I loved trial advocacy and I get to do it all the time. I donít think this is a unique situation one of my 1L friends is now really big into Water-Law just things happened and he got into that and he enjoys it, but he was interested in Entertainment law when he started. So point is things change.

If you are really focused on entertainment then remember to apply common sense. Studios, etc are in New York and L.A almost exclusively. Entrainment law internships, adjunct professors, and so forth would therefore be in L.A. or New York. You are much more likely to get an entrainment law internship from a small L.A. school like Southwestern than Tulane. Simply because 9 months out of the year you would be in Louisiana and I donít think any major movies or studios are located in New Orleans. While are 7 ABA law school in L.A and this place called Hollywood nearby and those companies will just draw from those schools simply because the students are there and they could work with them during school.

Maybe some place would keep a spot for  a Tulane Law student instead one of the 100ís of applications they get from students readily available year round, but using common sense you can see why that is unlikely
As for the location this applies with all specialties if you want to do IP law go to the bay area that is where most of it is happening Apple, Cisco, AOL, E-Bay, Facebook, etc are in the Bay Area. Of course my  top IP law school was not in the bay area which made my decision even stupider, but you can see that logic
If you wanted to do Agricultural law go to school the midwest, Maritime law go to school on a coast and I canít imagine Nebraska would have a good maritime program. 


If you really are someone that wants entertainment law and you have considered all the other above factors. Then look at the course schedules for these schools if Cardozo offers 12 units of entertainment law or a certificate then use that as a tiebreaker over Brooklyn, but the reality is as other posters stated that you canít learn much from school. It will help and certainly if it is your absolute dream go for it.  Unfortunately, a lot of incoming law students donít realize how competitive, unglamorous, and low-paying it can be. Again I donít know you or your situation you know better than anyone else how bad you want it or how little you know I canít speak for your and no anonymous poster can.

This is quite a long post, but I think it is important for incoming OLís to think about all the possibilities, I didnít and maybe I was just an idiot, but I donít think my situation was that unique. Good luck whatever you end up doing and hopefully some of it was helpful. Also remember I am nothing more than an anonymous internet poster and despite my good intentions everything I said could be 100% wrong.

Good luck

Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2012, 07:59:15 AM »
Morganb, I had a 166 and 3.5 combo and attended 'SC.  It stands to reason 'SC is a big entertainment/media school.  It's down the road from Hollywood, nestled in South Central.  Admittedly, the surrounding area looks like a barrio.  It's ugly, run down, and there's hispanic language on the walls.  However, the campus is rich and verdant.  Some snidely remark that USC stands for the University of Spoiled Children.  Perhaps that's the case.  I kinda sorta got that vibe.  Unfortunately, I dropped out before I hooked a trophy wife to a reel and spoiled myself a little bit.  Maybe that's because I hadn't signed my life away to some fat cat law firm upon graduation with a five figure sign on bonus yet...

Why didn't I get a trophy wife?  I was a law student at 'SC.

Now, I'm back on the LSAT track again.  I have my sights set on a 170. 

Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2012, 01:11:53 PM »
It seems like being able to take these specific classes is important to you.  However, I would point out that many of those in entertainment law picked up that specialty through their law school internship - which is really the best way to network and insure yourself a job when you're done with law school.  Also, being near one of the entertainment city hubs may be the most important thing to consider.

Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2012, 12:18:47 AM »
Where have you decided to go? I also agree with all the advice the guys gave you, you shouldn't give up on your dream but you should get more info from wherever you can.

Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2012, 10:52:00 PM »
There is nothing to worry because it is for sure that some entertainment media courses must be there in syllabus in law schools. 

Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2012, 12:25:18 PM »
My focus is still up in the air. It will depend on what school I choose to attend. I'm applying in Boston, New York, DC, and LA, so entertainment is still on my list of interests. I realize the courses are of little importance now and will choose a school and focus based on scholarship options and opportunity. At this point I'm just waiting on my LSAT score from earlier this month. Damn you Hurricane Sandy.