USC Gould Launches Online Certificate Program in Entertainment Law


The Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate is open to lawyers interested in an entertainment specialization as well as prospective students with no law background, who are working or are interested in the entertainment industry. The program is designed to help professionals with a passion for film, television and media propel themselves forward in their career. Coursework will explore relevant topics such as copyright law, contracts and trademarks through the lens of the entertainment industry.

“As a preeminent law school, we strive to keep our finger on the pulse of the professional world and adapt our offerings to what’s in demand. I think that’s evident in this new program,” said Professor Jonathan Barnett, director of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Program. “We are very proud, not only to be able to offer these highly specialized courses of study, but to offer them to students in an online format that’s tailor-made for working professionals.”

The Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate is designed for completion in as few as nine months, and can be taken individually or in conjunction with the LL.M. or MSL degree as a specialization. USC Gould’s online courses are delivered by many of the same accomplished faculty who earned the school a top 20 ranking among the U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools. Online students have access to academic advising, support, career development and bar exam preparation through the Graduate and International Programs Office.

“It’s extremely exciting to be able to offer an entertainment law program with roots in the entertainment capital of the world, and then to have the capability to deliver it to students around the world,” said Misa Shimotsu, assistant dean of Graduate and International Programs. “This is a major breakthrough for legal professionals with dreams of working in entertainment.”

Top-ranked and accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), the USC Gould School of Law delivers advanced legal education to students in Los Angeles and around the world. The USC Gould faculty consists of some of the legal field’s most prominent attorneys and legal experts. There are more than 10,000 USC Gould alumni worldwide.

CONTACT: Gilien Silsby, 1-213-500-8673, [email protected]

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