Professors Michael Botein, Peter Johnson
Rigorous exposure to research, writing, and oral presentation in the field of mass communications and telecommunications law. Topics change from year to year, since the course focuses on cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues. Coverage may include legal and regulatory developments in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, and new technologies. Each student writes two short papers on recent developments and presents them at the weekly seminar meeting. In addition, students produce a substantial paper. At their option, students may also undertake a placement, arranged and supervised by the teacher, at a law firm, government agency, or corporation. If a student elects a placement, the final course paper may be reduced in scope commensurately. Enrollment is limited and students must obtain permission of the instructor before registering. 2 seminar credits are graded and 2 placement credits are pass/fail. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may count toward the J.D.
Prerequisites: Regulation of the Electronic Mass Media (CIP100) or permission of the instructor.