Law 305 - Entertainment Law

Susan Akens

Susan Akens

Executive Director, Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law
Professor from Practice
B.S. Rutgers College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, 1985
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the legal, business and financial aspects of the entertainment industry, specifically in the fields of motion picture, television, and digital content production and distribution. It will focus on the practical application of various areas of the law including intellectual property, corporate, tax, employment, bankruptcy, international and others to achieve business/creative objectives. Through exploring the elements of traditional media models and the changes arising from new technologies, students will have a foundation to apply informed, analytical and creative thinking to practical problems.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Have an understanding of key "Who", "How" and "Why" of the US "Media, Digital and Entertainment Industries" including appropriate industry terminology.

2. Be able to recognize and understand many of the essential (legal and contractual) principles of US Media and Entertainment Law and how best to apply them in practice.

3. Be familiar with the professional norms, values, and culture that extend beyond the legal principles, but which are important for the successful practice of Media/Entertainment Law in the US.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Susan Akens 20F 305 LEC 2 TR 12:10 PM - 1:35 PM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 2
Field, Corey. Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice  Revised 1st ed.  
ISBN: 9781793512741. Cognella Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $141.47