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Pepperdine | Caruso School of Law

Certificate in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law


The entertainment, media, and sports (EMS) industries have evolved into areas of tremendous breadth and scope. The sectors continue to grow with opportunity in an ever-changing global landscape interconnected in our current digital and information age. The value of the entertainment industry is placed at as much as $1.7 trillion worldwide and the value of the sports industry at $620 billion. Both areas are projected to continue to grow at phenomenal rates.

Programs in entertainment, media, and sports at Pepperdine Caruso Law, as well as the proximity of Los Angeles -- an entertainment capital of the world and home to over ten professional sports teams -- create opportunities for interested students to develop skills and to engage with practitioners on a daily basis. One of the most exciting ways for Pepperdine Caruso Law students to achieve formal recognition for their interest and efforts in EMS law is through the Certificate in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law.


The Certificate in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law is a 12-unit program available for students who are in the process of completing, or have already completed, a law degree. Students not pursuing a concurrent JD from Pepperdine Caruso Law will complete 14 units. All Pepperdine JD students who are part of the EMS Law Certificate Program will be required to complete 12 units in the following upper division courses to earn the certificate.

Foundational Courses

At least six (6) units of foundational courses must be completed.

  • LAW 912 Copyright Law OR LAW 2512 Intellectual Property Survey (3 units each)


  • LAW 1622 Entertainment Law OR LAW 1252 Sports Law (3 units each)

Other Courses

At least six (6) units of the following EMS Law courses must be completed.

  • Any foundational course (listed above) beyond the minimum requirements
  • LAW 1852 Communications Law (2-3 credits)
  • LAW 2282 Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues in the Entertainment Industry (2)
  • LAW 932 Entertainment Law Seminar – Film Industry (2)
  • LAW 942 Entertainment Law Seminar –Music Industry (2)
  • LAW 2122 Entertainment Law Seminar –Television Industry (2)
  • LAW 2114 First Amendment (2-3)
  • LAW 274 International Entertainment and Copyright Law (London) (2-3)
  • LAW 2142 Internet Law (2)
  • LAW 2782 Licensing (2)
  • LAW 1863 Media and the Law (2-3)
  • LAW 2282 Olympic & International Sports Dispute Resolution (2)
  • LAW 922 Trademarks (2)
  • LAW 1 Selection and Participation in EMS-DR Competitions (1)