UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

A UCLA School of Law clinic will help documentarians navigate the the legal issues of filmmaking.

Awesome News!

This comes from The Westwood Patch news source.

LOS ANGELES, CA — “Documentary filmmakers needing assistance in understanding legal issues pertaining to their projects can soon turn to a UCLA School of Law clinic focusing on a wide variety of issues, including contracts, intellectual property, licensing and the First Amendment” issues.

It’s about time!

UCLA’s law school is perfectly set to help all student filmmakers, no matter which kind of film they’re making, but at lease for now, they’re ready to step up and help the doc makers.

“Taking advantage of UCLA Law’s location in the heart of the movie-making industry, the Documentary Film Legal Clinic will provide pro-bono services to clients needing help with legal issues. The clinic, set to open in UCLA Law’s spring 2018 semester, will include 14 second- and third-year students, working under the guidance of two experienced attorneys.

Dale Cohen, special counsel to the PBS documentary series “Frontline” and co-author of one of the field’s preeminent texts, “Media and the Law,” will direct the clinic, which is part of UCLA Law’s Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

UCLA Law alumni work as attorneys and executives at the highest levels throughout all areas of the movie business, and the school has held the No. 1 position on the Hollywood Reporter’s ranking of the nation’s top entertainment law programs since 2014.”

The short article doesn’t say much more, but here’s the link:


I would call the law school to get more specific information — like, how and when can you be seen?!