Student Eligibility and Requirements

What is it?

The Art and Entertainment Law Project (AELP) is a vital component of the Small Business Law Center (SBLC), providing legal assistance to visual and performing artists and arts organizations in San Diego County. Students who participate in the AELP will have the opportunity to directly assist clients by forming their entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing a variety of contracts, preparing applications for copyright registration, and helping clients through the regulatory process. Students will be guided during representation by TJSL faculty members who are licensed California attorneys, but students will have primary responsibility for all client matters undertaken.


Students enrolled in the AELP are required to participate in class meetings that focus on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling, students will also focus on the substantive areas of law relevant to the legal matters being handled, including issues of professional responsibility. The weekly class meetings are mandatory.


How does this fit into my academic program?

Participation in the AELP satisfies the Professional Skills graduation requirement and is a graded course not subject to the TJSL grading curve. Students who participate in the spring are eligible for 3 or 4 units of live client work, or a minimum of 2 units in the summer. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week (10 hours per week for summer), totaling 15 or 20 hours per week for client representation in the spring/fall, or 20 hours per week in the summer.  Although remote work is permitted, work within the clinic space is encouraged and students are expected to be available to meet with clients during their designated clinic hours. The mandatory clinical seminar counts for an additional 2 units in the spring, or 1 unit in the summer.


What is required to participate?

To participate in the AELP, students must have completed Professional Responsibility and be eligible to become a California certified law student. To become California certified, students must have completed their first year of law school, be in good standing, and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Civil Procedure I and Evidence.


Please do not begin filling out an application to become California certified until you are formally enrolled in the AELP: there are only have a few slots, so not everyone who applies will be enrolled.


How do I apply?

To apply for a slot in the AELP offering, students must send a statement of interest, resume, and unofficial transcript to The statement of interest should describe the reasons why you are interested in participating in the AELP, and should highlight any past experiences or future plans to work in a transactional law practice setting.


Applications will be accepted as follows:

Fall Semester - Applications accepted from April 1st to April 15th


In the meanwhile, and because the number of applicants will exceed the number of slots available, please register for any other courses you are interested in. If your application is accepted, you can then add / drop units as needed.