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Spring 2023

5397 Entertainment Law Clinic - ALONSO/BARKS- 23888

Professor(s): Yocel  Alonso (ADJUNCT)
Justen Barks (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 
Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships

Time: ARRANGED    Location:  

Course Outline: The Entertainment Law Clinic is an advanced entertainment law course for students who have completed the prerequisite substantive Entertainment Law course and seek practical experience in transactional and administrative entertainment practice. Students will represent clients in various entertainment fields, including music, film and television, dance, and art, as well as small businesses and non-profits operating in these fields. Students will principally focus on trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling, contract drafting and negotiation, royalty stream creation and retention.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota=4.

The clinic has a classroom component that meets once each week for two (2) hours during the semester. Students are expected to present case updates and discuss their matters during these meetings. The classroom component will also provide students with a detailed overview of specific contract and intellectual property issues within this specialized industry.
Students must apply to the clinic by submitting an online application located at Students should not attempt to enroll themselves in the clinic via PeopleSoft. If your application is accepted, the Clinic Program Manager will enroll you via the Office of Student Services.

Students are expected to attend the clinic orientation held the Wednesday prior to the start of the semester’s classes.

Course Materials: the instructors will provide you will all required course materials; recommended reading includes Donald S. Passman, All You Need To Know About the Music Business (10th ed. 2019) (ISBN 1501122185, 978-1501122187); Jeff Brabec & Todd Brabec, Music Money and Success (8th ed. 2018) (ISBN 1787601382, 978-1787601383); Gregory Bernstein Understanding the Business of Media Entertainment (2d ed. 2019) (ISBN 0367074532, 978-0367074531).

Prerequisites: Yes  Satisfactory completion of Entertainment Law (6377) and IP Survey (6376); and at least 45 hours of credits completed.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)