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Entertainment Industry Legal Practice

This course demonstrates how substantive areas of law are applied to counseling clients in the entertainment industry and to negotiating and documenting their business agreements. As a practice model, we will follow selected key legal aspects of producing a major Hollywood feature film using experiential, interactive, hands-on analysis and discussion of actual documents which form the basis of a variety of transactions, including negotiation and drafting exercises, and simulated client counseling scenarios. Students will have an opportunity to experience the initial kinds of transactional assignments they will receive when working in their first jobs in entertainment law firms and in-house legal departments of entertainment companies.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade only. Students will be assessed based on classroom participation (20% of grade) and two take-home writing assignments: (1) a mid-term legal analysis of a twenty-page screenplay and writing of an applicable content clearance report (30% of grade); and (2) a final exam consisting of preparation of a written comment letter to a proposed first-draft contract, creation of a negotiation plan, and re-drafting of a designated section (50% of grade).