Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Institute Curriculum

A Solid and Expanding Curriculum

Southwestern offers an extremely broad range of over 60 entertainment and media law courses and numerous externship placements in entertainment and media law settings.

Externship Program

Southwestern has developed close ties to the entertainment and media industries both locally and beyond to provide unparalleled externship opportunities for our students. These on-site placements with studios, guilds, agencies and related companies expose them to the world of the entertainment lawyer, provide crucial networking opportunities and add immeasurably to their skills and confidence.

The externship program features over 50 in-house entertainment placement settings, such as Sony Pictures, NBC-Universal, Lionsgate, the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. In order to maximize the educational value of these experiences, students report periodically to faculty members, who also meet with supervisors from the companies at which the externs serve.

Entertainment Practicums

The Entertainment Law Firm Practicum exposes students to transactional or litigation practice through select field placements with private law firms. The Entertainment Production Practicum provides students with the opportunity to provide production business and legal affairs services on real movies, in a classroom setting under the supervision of members of the Biederman faculty. Students who have demonstrated exceptional competency and interest in media and entertainment law are selected for these courses by the Biederman Institute.

Summer Programs

Los Angeles


As part of the law school's regular summer session, Southwestern offers numerous entertainment law-related courses. The Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles features a variety of courses taught by top entertainment, media and sports law attorneys; specialized externships; private tours of major motion picture and recording studios; and meetings with prominent Southwestern alumni working in the field.

London, England

London, England

Southwestern offers an exciting five-week Summer Program in London, England. The International Entertainment and Media Law program offers courses in International Entertainment Law, Comparative Media Law, International Sports Law and International Art Law. This program features American and British faculty with extensive international experience, student housing on the University of London campus, as well as a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences through guest lectures; field excursions to legal, cultural and historical venues in and around London; and group parties and outings.

LL.M. Program

Drawing on the resources and activities of the Biederman Institute, Southwestern was the first law school to establish a post-J.D. program of study leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law. The highly selective graduate program has a limited enrollment each year and has attracted outstanding law graduates from around the world. The curriculum requires the completion of 24 credit hours of full-time study over one year, or part-time study over two to four years. A student has the ability to select a general group of courses, or to pursue a more focused curriculum by choosing courses specific to their desired interest of either entertainment or media law.