J.D./M.A. in Music Industry

The University of Miami School of Law and UM's Frost School of Music - consistently ranked one of the top music business schools by Billboard Magazine - offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and music business. Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Arts in Music Industry degree from the Frost School of Music.

In this specialization, students not only learn the essentials of law, but also the common practices of the music business – essential skills for becoming a successful attorney in the music 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.

Snapshot: Timing & Credits Saved

Begin Taking Graduate Courses

2nd year

Shortest Completion Time

6 semesters + 2 summers

J.D. Credits Required


Graduate PGM Credits Required


Number of Credits Saved

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


  • Applicants may apply before they begin the J.D. program OR they may apply during their first or second year of Law School. (Students must be accepted to the J.D. program before they are eligible for acceptance into the J.D./M.A. program.)
  • Students should let Professor Serona Elton 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:  https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.ftl
  • Only the LSAT exam is required.
  • Students who apply to the joint degree program are giving permission for the M.A. program admissions staff and faculty 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.


  • 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 will be conferred.
  • Twenty-one credits of M.A. courses are required and cover topics such as music copyright law, music industry agreement, music publishing and licensing, recorded music operations, marketing and promotion, and others. 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 the areas of intellectual property, business, and tax law topics. The M.A. degree will not be conferred until these nine credits are completed.
  • Student are encouraged to fashion a balanced upper-class law school curriculum which prepares them to provide legal services to clients in the business and entertainment industries including specific offering 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.
  • If a student in the joint program wants to take music elective course (e.g., Musicology, Psychology of Music, Audio for Producers, etc.) arrangements will be made to accommodate the request.
  • Students are able to complete the joint degree program within three years if summer courses are taken. Students may also choose to complete the program within three and ½ years or four years. 

For More Information

J.D. Program
Terrell E. West II
Associate Registrar
Office of the Law Registrar
Email: twest@law.miami.edu

M.A. Program
Serona Elton, Esq.
Director, Music Industry Program
University of Miami, Frost School of Music
Phone: 305-284-3425
Email: selton@miami.edu