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Media Law Collaborative Pro Bono Program

The Media Law Collaborative (the “MLC”) is a student group organized at the New York University School of Law (“NYU Law”).  The MLC allows NYU Law students to gain practical experience in art, media and entertainment law through the provision of supervised, free legal services to graduate students at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (“Steinhardt”) as part of Steinhardt’s educational curriculum and the professional development services offered to its graduate students (the “MLC Pro Bono Program”).  Graduate students with legal issues related to the music, film, theater, fine arts, software, publishing or media industries can apply for assistance from the MLC.

The work of the MLC is supervised by a group of law firms and individual practitioners (the “Advisory Group”) who supervise the NYU Law students in their work for Steinhardt students in the manner required by the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. The Advisory Group will have a Board of Directors, which will include members of the faculty of NYU Law.  Advisory Group members are practicing attorneys in the fields of art, media and entertainment law.  The Advisory Group attorneys, supervising the students who are part of the MLC, will advise Steinhardt students regarding their legal issues. The MLC students will work directly with these Advisory Group attorneys, assisting them with research, drafting and other necessary tasks.

Some examples of the types of projects that will be accepted include the following:

  • Preparation and filing of copyright or trademark applications
  • Start-up formation
  • Counsel regarding governance, tax and/or employment matters
  • Drafting and negotiating partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Counsel regarding licensing issues and intellectual property
  • Other contract drafting and negotiation

Students working with the Media Law Collaborative’s Pro Bono Program will be eligible for pro bono hours required under the New York State Bar. Students will fill out time sheets for their work, which will be approved by the Advisory Group.

Your application should include, in one PDF document:

  1. The application form (attached to this information sheet)
  2. An updated resume

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please send all applications to

Individual applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with priority given to the first round of applicants. Applicants should expect to hear back within two weeks of each application period. The only application period that is guaranteed to be open is the first. Any further openings will depend on client demand.


Click to here to access the application –> Media Law Collaborative Application