This program is designed for J.D. students who have an interest in the regulatory and business side of the media industry.  The program includes a set of essential business courses (e.g., financial reporting and analysis,  corporate strategy and organization, and foundations of marketing management) as well as an array of industry-specific courses (e.g., content strategy, audience research and analysis, and issues in media management).

Required courses in the M.S. program are held on Saturdays and weekday evenings offering flexibility to the program’s students.  No prior business or media management experience is required. 

Admissions Process:

  • Students will be admitted to the Law School J.D. program and the Media Management master’s program separately.  Typically students will begin in the Law School and then start the master’s program in their second year of Law School.  However, it is possible for students in the Media Management program to apply to the Law School, be accepted, and begin the joint degree program/first year of the J.D. program the following year.  (M.S. students need to save 6 credits to be completed after they begin their J.D. program.)
  • Applications to the M.S. program may be submitted between December 1st and May 15th for a fall start.  The GRE or GMAT will not be required; the student’s LSAT scores will be used instead.  Once a student applies, the School of Communication will request the student’s Law School application from the Law School. 

Curriculum Requirements

J.D. Requirements including the following:82
Required
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Administrative Law
9 credits from the following list with at least one course from Content-Focused category (minimum of 2-credit course) and one course from the Corporate and Regulatory category (minimum of 2-credit course): 1
Content-Focused
Copyright Law
Trademark Law
Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers
First Amendment
Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television
VIMEO, TWITTER, AND YOUTUBE: ONLINE LIABILITY AND NET NEUTRALITY
The Free Speech Clause
Advanced Trademark
ENTERTAINMENT LAW IN LATIN AMERICA
Intellectual Property Transactions and Negotiations
Media Distribution
Corporate and Regulatory
Business Association
Corporate Tax
Antitrust
Taxation of Business Entities
Corporate Compliance and Risk Management
Mergers and Acquistions
Labor Law
Employment Law
Conflict of Laws
International Business Transactions
International Business Law Seminar
Deal Skills: Cross Border Finance Transactions
Introduction to Business Practices and Drafting of Transaction Documents
Data Security and Incident Response
Federal Policymaking: Legislation, Regulation, and Litigation
Law, Policy, and Technology
Privacy Seminar
Introduction to the Deal
Latin American Contracts
M.S. Requirements 2
ACC 671Accounting for Decision Making2
BUS 610Communicating for Career Success2
FIN 641Valuation and Financial Decision Making2
JMM 614Law and Ethics in Journalism and Media Management3
JMM 632Current Issues in Media Management3
JMM 636Content Strategy in the Media Industry3
JMM 642Audience Research and Analysis3
MAS 631Statistics for Managerial Decision Making2
MGT 620Managing Through People2
MGT 677Corporate Strategy and Organization2
MKT 640Foundations of Marketing Management2
Total Credit Hours108

Sample Plan of Study

3-Year Program with 2 Summers

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
JD Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Summer
JD Courses 6
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
JD Courses 8
MGT 620 Managing Through People 2
MAS 631 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making 2
ACC 671 Accounting for Decision Making 2
BUS 610 Communicating for Career Success 2
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 10
FIN 641 Valuation and Financial Decision Making 2
MKT 640 Foundations of Marketing Management 2
MGT 677 Corporate Strategy and Organization 2
 Credit Hours16
Summer
JMM 614 Law and Ethics in Journalism and Media Management 3
JMM 642 Audience Research and Analysis 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Three
Fall
JD Courses 13
JMM 632 Current Issues in Media Management 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 13
JMM 636 Content Strategy in the Media Industry 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours108

3.5-Year Program

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
JD Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
JD Courses 10
MGT 620 Managing Through People 2
MAS 631 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making 2
ACC 671 Accounting for Decision Making 2
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 10
JMM 636 Content Strategy in the Media Industry 3
 Credit Hours13
Summer
JMM 614 Law and Ethics in Journalism and Media Management 3
JMM 642 Audience Research and Analysis 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Three
Fall
JD Courses 12
BUS 610 Communicating for Career Success 2
FIN 641 Valuation and Financial Decision Making 2
 Credit Hours16
Spring
JD Courses 10
MGT 677 Corporate Strategy and Organization 2
MKT 640 Foundations of Marketing Management 2
 Credit Hours14
Year Four
Fall
JD Courses 8
JMM 632 Current Issues in Media Management 3
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours108