J.D./M.A. in Live Entertainment Management

The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School of Music offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and arts presenting. Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Arts in Live Entertainment Management.

In this specialization, students learn not only the essentials of law but also the common practices of the arts presenting and live entertainment industry – essential skills for becoming a successful attorney in this area of the music and entertainment industry. Through this joint program, students can complete both degrees in less time (3 to 4 years) while studying at a top law school and one of the best music schools in the country. And as one of the major music cities in the U.S., Miami offers exceptional internship and work opportunities.

Snapshot: Timing & Credits Saved

Begin Taking Graduate Courses

2nd year

Shortest Completion Time

6 semesters + 2 summers

J.D. Credits Required

82

Graduate PGM Credits Required

21

Number of Credits Saved

15 (6 J.D., 9 M.A.)

Admissions

  • Applicants may apply before they begin the J.D. program or apply during their first or second year of law school. (Students must be accepted into the J.D. program before they are eligible for acceptance into the J.D./M.A. program.)
  • Students should let Professor Gary Wood know that they are applying to the M.A. program.
  • Students will find an application for the joint degree program under the list of graduate program applications.
  • Only the LSAT exam is required.
  • Students who apply to the joint degree program are giving the M.A. program admissions staff and faculty permission to review their complete J.D. application.  
  • Students already enrolled in the M.A. program are not eligible to apply to the joint program.
  • All the requirements of the J.D. and M.A. programs must be fulfilled.

Curriculum

  • Students will complete the first-year law school curriculum in its entirety before taking any M.A. courses.
  • All other J.D. requirements must be met. Six credits will be satisfied by two M.A. courses. These courses must be completed before the J.D. degree is conferred.
  • Twenty-one credits of M.A. courses are required and cover tour management and production, live entertainment industry agreements and legal aspects, music copyright, performing arts center and facility management, sponsorship in the live entertainment industry, marketing and promotion, etc. More information about courses in the M.A. curriculum can be found in the UM Academic Bulletin.
  • Nine School of Law credits will be applied to the M.A. degree in intellectual property, business, and tax law topics. The M.A. degree will not be conferred until these nine credits are completed.
  • Students are encouraged to fashion a balanced upper-class law school curriculum that prepares them to provide legal services to clients in the business and entertainment industries, including specific offerings regarding arts and entertainment law, as well as more general offerings in domestic and international aspects of fields such as antitrust, business associations, commercial law, intellectual property, tax, and torts.
  • The M.A. curriculum is prescribed and is offered primarily in the fall and spring semesters, with limited offerings in the summer. Most courses are offered only in the fall or spring of a given academic year. Some courses may be available to take online.
  • If a student in the joint program wants to take elective music courses (e.g., musicology, psychology of music, audio for producers, etc.), arrangements will be made to accommodate the request.
  • Students can complete the joint degree program within three years if summer courses are taken.  Students may also choose to complete the program within three-and-a-half years or four years. 

For More Information

M.A. Program
Gary Alan Wood
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice 
Director, Live Entertainment Management Program
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Tel:  305-284-4814
Email:  gaw19@miami.edu

J.D. Program
Terrell E. West II
Assistant Registrar
Office of the Law Registrar
Tel: 305-284-2685
E-mail: twest@law.miami.edu