The Entertainment Law LLM combines academic analysis with the commercial practice elements of entertainment law. Entertainment is one area which we can all associate with in some shape or form, and the interaction of this exciting subject with the law produces an interesting and eclectic mix. The diverse nature of entertainment law will enable you to follow a number of specialisms, all of which are underpinned by the issues of contract and intellectual property
The course will suit graduates from a law background, or those from a non-law background who have significant relevant experience. It will give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, thoughts and academic experiences within a supportive environment.
The course aims to develop your understanding of how key fields within the entertainment industries operate, to assess the impact of the law upon them, and give you the practical skills necessary to succeed in a career in entertainment and media law.
• Dissertation in Entertainment Law
The dissertation module allows you to extend your research into a topic of your choice within the broad field of entertainment law. You will need to agree the topic with the module leader, and it must not replicate materials covered in other areas of your coursework. The project module enables you to independently explore, research and analyse a given topic or question. It will draw from the area of entertainment law and will be of an applied nature.
• Entertainment Contracts
You will cover the formation and content of a number of relationships within the entertainment industries. Focusing on contract and contractual theory as well as the broader context of relationships within entertainment, you will examine the negotiation process involved in music business, sports contracts and other media contracts. You will also study the role of professional organisations in the development of contractual term, and analyse deficiencies in contractual bargaining and term formation that have led to legal intervention.
• Intellectual Property in the Entertainment Business
You will study the protection provided to creative works by intellectual property (IP) law within a framework of theoretical and economic justifications for IP rights. You will also examine legal issues in the context of the entertainment business, such as substantive protection, control, exploitation, creation and proliferation, balance and enforcement. Other areas covered include authors, copyright, directors, internet, overview of trademarks (registered and unregistered), owners, performers, privacy, media, musicians, the control of ideas, and the law of confidence.
• Research Theory and Practice
This module introduces you to the general concepts of legal and social scientific (empirical) methods of research, and gives you a deeper understanding of the principles of advanced research. It will enable you to consider the relevance of these methods for the study of law, as well as giving you an understanding of the legal, social scientific and philosophical debates on methodology. It will also enable you to evaluate your own work and that of other researchers.
• Merchandising in the Entertainment Business
This module considers the creation, protection and merchandising of entertainment brands and products. It examines legal issues in the context of the entertainment business, particularly in relation to the use of trademarks, passing off and design law (including its relationship to copyright law) and associated contract law use. Areas include personality rights, character merchandising, sponsorship, online and offline brand creation and protection, ambush marketing, and fashion and design protection.
• Technology Rights and the Law
Covers the key issue of technology within the entertainment industry. You will examine how technological advances have affected relationships and rights within the industry. You will analyse the diverse ways in which the law has responded to technological change in particular to entertainment services via the internet and the extra-legal attempts to deal with infringement of copyright and other legal rights. It will also examine legal issues created by the development of social media.
• The Media, Ownership, Control and Regulation
This module will give you an overview of the contemporary legal framework as it relates to the ownership and operation of the media such as the press and the broadcast media. You will develop your awareness of the policy behind the legislation, the regulatory issues raised by convergence, and your understanding of the European and International dimension to the regulation of media.
As an entertainment law graduate you will be able to develop a career in a whole range of professions within the entertainment industry. Perhaps the most popular of these are roles in sports, music, and media and communications law. The subject gives a modern edge to traditional law subjects and is well respected by employers.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster
work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
You should hold an Honours degree (Upper or Lower Second Class Honours degree) with average of 55 per cent or above in Law, or a degree with a skill profile which shows an aptitude for legal study. However, we will consider mature applicants without standard qualifications who have significant professional experience in the relevant field. This course had been successfully completed by a wide range of non-law graduates. If Law is not the subject of your first degree, evidence of Law-based modules or relevant experience should be supplied.