BMI/Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship
Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL), in partnership with BMI, the world’s largest music performing rights organization, has established the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship! Created in memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL, the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports law.
The paper should be twelve to fifteen pages in length (including Bluebook form footnotes), double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format. PAPERS LONGER THAN 15 PAGES TOTAL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. The cover page (not part of the page count) should contain the title of the paper, the student’s name, school, class year, telephone number and email address. The first page of the actual paper should contain only the title at the top, immediately followed by the body of text. The name of the author or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere other than on the cover page. All papers should be submitted to designated faculty members of each respective law school. Each designated faculty member shall forward all submissions to his/her Scholarship Committee Liaison. The Liaison, in turn, shall forward all papers received by him/her to the three (3) Committee Co-Chairs for distribution. The Committee will read the papers submitted and will select the Scholarship recipient(s).
The Competition is open to all students – both J.D. candidates and L.L.M. candidates -- attending eligible law schools. “Eligible” law schools mean all accredited law schools within New York State, along with Rutgers University Law School and Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, and up to ten other accredited law schools throughout the country to be selected, at the Committee’s discretion, on a rotating basis.
All students submitting a paper for consideration will immediately and automatically be offered a free membership in EASL (with all the benefits of an EASL member) for a one-year period, commencing January 1st of the year following submission of the paper..
The Deadline is December 12, 2015. Students should submit their paper to Pippa Loengard, Deputy Director of the Kernochan Center.
Postgraduate Fellowships in the Arts
Certain arts organizations have opportunities available for CLS graduates still seeking postgraduate employment. Please visit the Postgraduate Fellowships for the Arts page for more details on these positions.
Arts Law Externship
This course provides students with practical experience in intellectual property, entertainment and nonprofit law as they assist staff attorneys at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) in their representation of artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Through class discussions and journals, students reflect on the wide variety of clients and issues they encounter in their fieldwork, and engage in critical thinking about the role that law and lawyers can play in the arts and entertainment world.
The Arts Law Externship consists of three components: a weekly two hour seminar; a fieldwork placement at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, at which students work for 10 hours per week; and two out-of-class simulated exercises, in client counseling and contract negotiation.
Each year, The Kernochan Center facilitates summer internships with nonprofit institutions focused on media and arts law. Kernochan Center interns receive a stipend to work for approximately 10 weeks on legal matters in the legal department of an arts or media organization with which the center has made an internship arrangement. Each organization involved selects its own interns from the pool of applicants.
In past summers, interns have worked at the Charities Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office, the International Foundation for Art Research, the San Francisco City Attorney's Office (with the attorney primarily responsible for arts-related issues), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Dramatists' Guild, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, National Public Radio (NPR) and public television stations in New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, students are applying to positions at over 20 different organizations. While we cannot guarantee every applicant an internship, we do our best to assist interested students in obtaining a summer position.
Eligibility: Only J.D. candidates in their first or second year at Columbia Law School are eligible. Past successful candidates have been able to demonstrate an interest in either nonprofit work or the arts. There is no mandatory undergraduate major and most intern coordinators are not interested in grades; what they seek are students committed to learning about the nonprofit sector and how a nonprofit organization balances the needs of the artistic community with the business aspects of a corporation.