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New ABA book offers guidance about entertainment law careers


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New ABA book offers guidance about entertainment law careers

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2014 — Entertainment law is a popular area of study for law students and a desired career path for practitioners. Yet the glamour of working with actors, production companies, musicians, writers and others to create works of art comes with long hours, hard work and fierce competition for jobs. “Entertainment Careers for Lawyers, Third Edition,” now available from the American Bar Association, will dispel many of the myths surrounding the practice and help lawyers and law students gain an understanding of the realities of entertainment law.


Written by William D. Henslee, an experienced entertainment lawyer and law professor, this book will help students and attorneys:

  • Gain an overview of the substantive law areas included in entertainment law, from intellectual property and litigation to contract negotiations and estate planning.
  • Understand the pros and cons of specializing in entertainment law.
  • Learn about the career trajectories available in four major entertainment genres: music, theater, film and television.
  • Get the academic and work experience needed to succeed in this specialty.
  • Understand the day-to-day realities of working as an entertainment lawyer. 

Henslee, a professor of law at Florida A&M University College of Law, is also the co-author of the ABA’s “Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers.”

Title:                      “Entertainment Careers for Lawyers, Third Edition”
Publisher:              ABA Law Practice Division (co-sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries)
Pages:                   169
Product Code:       5110769
ISBN:                     978-1-62722-232-7
Size:                      6 x 9
Price:                     $54.95
Orders:                  800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Lindsay Dawson at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Lindsay Dawson, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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