Media & Internet Law Practicum

Law 475






This is a practice-oriented course focused on media law, Internet law, intellectual property, and communications law. The course will emphasize client counseling; clear and persuasive writing, negotiating, and oral presentations; and critical and strategic thinking and analysis. To facilitate this, students will, in addition to their classroom work, be embedded with students at the UNC School of Media and Journalism (MJ) who are creating and publishing material as part of one of the many projects at MJ that are actively producing news.  In past years, students have been assigned to Carolina Week (UNC's television program), Carolina Connection (UNC's radio program), Media Hub (multimedia), and Reese News Law (media startup incubator). 

This class is primarily experiential in nature. Through a combination of in-class simulations and real-world problems arising from the MJ projects, students will gain substantial insight into how in-house lawyers provide legal counseling to media clients. Students will have repeated opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and written and oral communication skills while receiving extensive feedback from the instructor. The class will also cover proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system. Due to the unique structure of this class, students will get experience working on teams where the client's goals dictate their work product. This course is particularly well suited for students who want to gain first-hand experience practicing media law and Internet law.

Completion of Media Law, Cyberlaw, Copyright Law, or Privacy Law. Permission may also be granted by the instructor.

D. Ardia

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