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LLM in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law

The LLM in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law is designed for international and domestic students looking at specializing in the field of entertainment, media, and sports law.  Utilizing a balance of coursework and externships the program provides an unparalleled learning experience in the heart of the entertainment industry.  

Faculty Directors

Professor Maureen Weston

Maureen Weston has been the faculty advisor for Straus Institute's Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project for the past four years. Professor Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen and Faegre & Benson in Colorado, prior to joining Pepperdine. Weston is co-author of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of Olympic and International Sports Arbitration, disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution. More

Professor Victoria Schwartz

Victoria Schwartz practiced as a litigation associate at a Business Trial and Litigation Practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Century City. Professor Schwartz's practice focused on complex and appellate litigation, contract law, entertainment law, and intellectual property. More

Program Requirements

Required Courses

6 Units of the Following Foundational Courses:*

12 Units of the Following Coursework:

*Note: LLM students with foreign law degrees are required to take Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Research and Writing in addition to the other foundational courses.  

Elective Courses

4 units of the following:

 

Students may count up to 2 courses from Graziadio School of Business and Management, towards their elective requirements.  This may include the following (subject to availability):

Additional relevant courses with the permission of the Director

Externship

Students pursuing the LLM in Entertainment, Media and Sports Law are required to complete at least one 2-unit EMS relevant externship

Independent Study

Students pursuing the LLM in Entertainment, Media and Sports Law are required to complete an LLM Independent Study Project.  International students electing to sit for the California Bar Exam may waive out of the Independent Study requirement.

The Pepperdine Advantage

Study Entertainment, Media and Sports Law in the Heart of the Entertainment Industry

Nestled in the hills of Malibu, California, Pepperdine is centrally located to host a variety of entertainment, media and sports law events which have included the National Entertainment Moot Court Competition,1st public sports arbitration, Farmer's Field Mediation, and several symposiums including Arbitrating Sports; Doping and the Culture of Sports; Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System; The New Normal in College Sports, and more.

Craft Your Own Experience

Pepperdine is the only program in the country combining entertainment, media, and sports law, with dispute resolution and business. Electives include courses from the top ranked dispute resolution program* or in partnership with Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management to design your own program.

Be A Part of A Growing Network of Distinguished Alumni

Pepperdine alumni have worked at distinguished organizations in the field including General Counsel at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, Assistant General Counsel at The Walt Disney Company, President, Operations & Content Strategy at New Line Cinema, Senior VP, Legal Affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company, Counsel, Original Content at Netflix, and more.

Connect With Pepperdine's Extensive Entertainment Community

The Law School's Entertainment, Media and Sports Law program is part of Pepperdine's larger network of entertainment and sports programs including the Institute for Entertainment, Media and Culture (iEMC), Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS), Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, Intellectual Property Student Association and Industry Expert Speaker Series.

Gain Practical Experience Through Externships

Pepperdine students have completed externships with the following organizations: William Morris Endeavor, Marvel Studios, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, Muse Productions, Warner Brother Records, Charlotte Hornets, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate Entertainment, Beverly Hills Baseball Council, Red Bull Media House, Activision, Blizzard, Roar, Warner Brother Pictures, SAG-AFTRA, Ticketmaster and more...