Entertainment Law Specialist

PLG 609 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Entertainment Law Specialist - Paralegal Certificate

Entertainment law is broad and varied, and encompasses practical and theoretical components associated with a vast array of legal issues in the entertainment industry.  Entertainment law intersects with several other civil law areas, including contract law, business law, labor and employment law, immigration law, bankruptcy law, tort law, intellectual property law, and securities law.   Each potential intersection carries different legal rights, obligations, and challenges. Identifying the potential intersections is a key starting point. From there, navigating the various procedural and substantive law parameters necessitates an expansive base of legal knowledge and focused legal research skills. Legal issues in entertainment law take many different forms, including potential First Amendment issues, contract issues, infringement issues, and other potential challenges that can serve as a point of divergence between individuals and entities throughout different sectors of the entertainment industry. Claims can be asserted pre-filing, in the form of a demand letter, or post-filing.  Claims often include requests for legal and equitable remedies and relief. Because of the diversification, and cross-over into several civil law areas, understanding the potential basis for legal challenges, applicable substantive and procedural law that is multi-disciplinary, and ethical parameters, is essential for work in this fast-paced field.  The foundation necessitates examining the entertainment industry at a high level, focusing on areas such as industry organization and component functions, and, at a deeper level, exploring areas such as specific contracts.  It is common to turn to court interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and statutory law at the state and federal levels for resolution of disputes involving intersection of the First Amendment and the right of publicity, the right of privacy and libel, and profit participation cases. As technology advances, the entertainment industry is impacted. Breaking down the impact of digital media, including the Internet, is a key area of emphasis.  For a paralegal seeking to pursue a career in entertainment law, knowledge of the complex structure of the entertainment business is an important starting point.  A paralegal should also have a diversified skill-set across the different areas of civil law that intersect with entertainment law. Developing and enhancing skills in document review, drafting of key documents, professional communication, precise analysis and problem-solving, advanced legal research, and technical writing are core areas of importance. 

Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program – Entertainment Law Concentration, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Describing entertainment industries
  • Exploring media freedom of information 
  • Evaluating how freedom of expression and the right to privacy are balanced by courts
  • Breaking down the impacts of technology on various forms of media
  • Assessing broadcast regulations
  • Laying out financing, credit, and compensation structures
  • Reviewing globalism in entertainment
  • Identifying crossover between entertainment law and other civil law areas
  • Applying advanced legal research skills
  • Demonstrating advanced legal writing skills


Every concert, television show, movie, song played on radio, play, sporting event, movie, and every other form of entertainment today is guided by legal agreements. More than ever the media entertainment is saturated by the law, seeking to ensure the interests of artists and performers.


This course is available as part of the following:

Certificate in Practice Area Concentration Certificate

Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are designed to expand the educational and professional horizons for all paralegals.