Media, Journalism and the Law Specialist Certificate Program

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Enhance your knowledge of entertainment law.

Program Overview: 

From concerts, to tv shows, to sporting events, every form of entertainment today is guided by legal agreements. The entertainment industry is always in need of legal assistance to ensure and protect the interests of artists and performers. If you are looking for advanced training in this particular area of the law, the Media, Journalism and the Law Specialist Certificate Program explores First Amendment issues, freedom of the press vs. free trial, civil suits including defamation, libel and slander; copyright and advertising issues as well as cyberspace protocols. The program is self-paced allowing you get started anytime and complete assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. Each course includes instructor guidance, exercises, quizzes, chapter reviews, lecture notes and other innovative online learning tools. See required courses and electives to choose from below:


  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Contract Law

Once you have begun this program, you will work with your instructor to determine which elective course fits best with your particular area of interest. You will choose one of the following electives:

  • E-Discovery
  • Legal Ethics
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Constitutional Law
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Experienced paralegals or individuals with prior legal education needing or wanting specialized legal training in entertainment law
  • We recommend that applicants have one of the following in order to be optimally successful in this course:
    • certificate or degree in paralegal studies
    • combination of a college degree in any area of study and at least one year of legal experience
    • foreign law degree or some law school experience 
  • Please contact an Enrollment Coordinator at or 512-471-2924 with any questions or concerns about this program
Learning Outcomes: 
  • The First Amendment
  • Obscenity and prior restraint
  • Freedom of the press
  • Defamation, Libel, and Slander
  • Copyrights and marks
  • Advertising and the Media
  • Cyberspace issues etc.
Additional Information: 

Tuition does not include the cost of required textbooks. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course but average anywhere from $45 to $160 per book. However, used books are often available.

This course is not available for college credit.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: 12.0 CEUs
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At A Glance

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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