The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University of Miami's esteemed Frost School of Music, Department of Music Business and Entertainment Industries, now offers a joint J.D./M.A. in Law and Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management.
This combination of degrees is ideal for Law School students looking to:
- Prepare for a career in entertainment law
- Develop a focus on the presentation of concerts, exhibitions, performances, and events
- Apply legal knowledge in the areas of contracts, risk management, marketing, and finance to the live entertainment/performance fields.
This program is similar to the J.D./M.M. program in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, but has a focus on the concert/performance arena.
Program Schedule, Courses & Credits
This joint program allows students to obtain both J.D. and M.A. degrees in 3 1/2 years. The first year is spent in the Law School and semesters 3 through 7 are spent taking both Law and Arts Presenting courses.
On the J.D. side, students must complete 82 credits in the Law School and 6 elective credits will be double-counted from the MA courses to complete the total of 88 J.D. credits. On the M.A. side, students must complete 21 credits in the Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment program and 9 elective credits will be double-counted from the J.D. coursework to complete the total of 30 credits. Students will be required to complete a total of 103 credits for both degrees.
M.A. Course Requirements
- MMI541 - Tour Management and Production
- MMI543 - Marketing and Promotion in the Entertainment Industry
- MMI626 - Performing Arts Center and Facility Management
- MMI634 - Sponsorship and Development in the Live Entertainment Industry
- MMI636 - Financial and Risk Management in the Live Entertainment Industry
- MMI638 - Legal Aspects of the Arts Presenting Industry
- MMI640 - Arts Presenting Project or approved elective
- MMI704 - Industry Internship
To be admitted to this program, students must apply separately to both programs. Students may apply to the M.A. program prior to beginning Law School or anytime during the first or second year of Law School.
Prospective Law Students
For incoming first year Law School students, the box on the application form for the J.D./M.A. in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment program needs to be checked. For a student admitted to the Law School by Feb. 1st of a given year, his or her Law School application will be automatically submitted to the School of Music for consideration into the program. The LSAT score will be used instead of the GRE. Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program.
1L and 2L Students
Students must apply by Feb. 1st to be admitted for the upcoming fall semester. The Law School application will be forwarded the School of Music along with supporting documentation and a student’s LSAT score will be used instead of the GRE.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for J.D. courses will be paid to the Law School. Tuition for the M.A. courses will be paid to the Frost School of Music. Law School scholarships may only be used towards tuition for Law School courses.
For More Information
Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives
University of Miami School of Law
Christopher G. Palmer
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Music Business & Entertainment Industries
Department of Music Media and Industry
University of Miami Frost School of Music