What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

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Andrewfromla818
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What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby Andrewfromla818 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:33 pm

Hello all!
I live in Los Angeles, but want to move out to another state to get a great experience for law school and social life considering that I've lived in LA all my life an I want to broaden my horizons. On the other hand, I want to get into entertainment law, or become and sports or talent agent.

Any recommendations on law schools or advice.

Thank you

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:24 pm

Why would you go to law school to be a sports/talent agent?

For entertainment law, go to the best school you can get into without having to incur large amounts of debt. Good luck.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby existentialcrisis » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Everyone and their mother wants to do entertainment law, and I think becoming a sports agent (absent close connections with professional athletes) is essentially impossible.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby usn26 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:32 pm

existentialcrisis wrote:I think becoming a sports agent (absent close connections with professional athletes) is essentially impossible.


The answer, then, is that Andy should go to Alabama and try to get tight with some of those future first rounders. Problem solved.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby dannyswo » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:55 am

usn26 wrote:
existentialcrisis wrote:I think becoming a sports agent (absent close connections with professional athletes) is essentially impossible.


The answer, then, is that Andy should go to Alabama and try to get tight with some of those future first rounders. Problem solved.

:lol:

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby pancakes3 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:44 am

better odds of being a pro athlete than a agent repping an athlete

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby nealric » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:28 pm

None.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby SmokeytheBear » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:01 pm

Andrewfromla818 wrote:Hello all!
I live in Los Angeles, but want to move out to another state to get a great experience for law school and social life considering that I've lived in LA all my life an I want to broaden my horizons. On the other hand, I want to get into entertainment law, or become and sports or talent agent.

Any recommendations on law schools or advice.

Thank you


Really you just want to go to the best law schools possible so you have a shot at getting with the best law firm possible. Certain schools have entertainment law programs (like USC and UCLA), but they dont really give you any leg up in job placement. A handful of big law firms in LA deal with various aspects of entertainment law from film finance to general representation of studios and production companies for project development and acquisition. Latham, O'Melveny, Sheppard Mullin, and Paul Hastings all have reputable entertainment groups (other firms as well, those are just the first that come to mind). I do know that Sheppard Mullin pays its associates in the entertainment group on a different, non-market scale.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby rpupkin » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:42 pm

PeanutsNJam wrote:For entertainment law, go to the best school you can get into without having to incur large amounts of debt. Good luck.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby BlendedUnicorn » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:51 pm

there isn't a law school in the country that will give you a good shot at these jobs. It's the type of thing where if you have to ask you probably won't like the answer.

(Maybe with the exception of the above mentioned entertainment law, which isn't anything like being an agent)

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Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:57 pm

This information is from speaking with two alumni of my school (one is an entertainment lawyer at SAG-AFTRA) and the other is in house counsel for a NFL team: It's damn near impossible. You either know key people in both industries or you got extremely lucky. The NFL guy did mention that he all the other NFL attorneys around him are from schools like Stanford, Harvard, Yale and the like. But keep in mind that even if you went to one of those schools, without the proper connections it's still damn near impossible.

I met a guy from a TTT who is actually a sports agent and he got his "in" because one of his friends was a star high school basketball player, did well in college, and got drafted in the NBA Draft.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby snowball2 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:26 am

Harvard, circa 1972.

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Postby jbagelboy » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:33 am

the answer that comes closest to ringing true is that a good school that sets you up at a top corporate firm for a couple years with some financial flexibility (i.e., low debt or wealthy family) is likely the best path (although it would still take an incredible amount of luck).

For example, I have an acquaintance/former classmate who attended a top school, worked for a little over a year at a fancy corporate firm (think S&C/CSM/DPW) and then was able to move out to LA and get hired at an agency and now is a fairly successful talent agent, albeit not with anyone A-list. And there are other examples like this, but they are rare.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby nealric » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:25 am

One thing to keep in mind: not all sports/entertainment law goes to lawyers who specialize in sports/entertainment. I've worked on tax matters in the entertainment industry, but I am by no means an entertainment lawyer. Likewise, I know litigators who have represented sports stars, etc.

In the end, it's just not as sexy as 0Ls usually think it is. It's doing deals, litigation, tax planning, etc., but the underlying business just happens to be sports/entertainment instead of the financial industry, tech, oil, etc. Representing teams/leagues/studios presents pretty much the same types of issues as other big businesses. Representing the stars is not much different than representing other high net worth clients.

Agents obviously have a more direct connection with the principals, but that's not really practicing law.

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Re: What law school, if I want to be an entertainment lawyer or a sports/talent agent

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:41 pm

nealric wrote:Representing teams/leagues/studios presents pretty much the same types of issues as other big businesses. Representing the stars is not much different than representing other high net worth clients.

This is exactly what a lawyer who represents an NFL team told us. He told us if you want to go hang out with football players, be a football player.




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