Art & Entertainment Law Project

Free Legal Services for Artists and Arts Organizations

The Art & Entertainment Law Project (AELP), law clinic of the Small Business Law Center at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is here to provide free legal services for low-income artists, actors, dancers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and related non-profit organizations. Our students, under the supervision of California licensed attorneys, are able to provide legal assistance to creative people and organizations that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them.


The AELP is now accepting requests for services from potential clients. The ideal client will have an existing business, or at least an outline of a business plan, and a willingness to work with law students.


The AELP provides legal assistance in the following areas:

  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Publicity rights
  • Contract review and negotiation
  • Business formation and operation
  • Nonprofit tax exemption
  • Permitting and licensing
  • Independent contractor and employment issues
  • Commercial leasing
  • Trade secrets

The AELP provides a wide variety of legal assistance, but does not represent clients in court. Also, the AELP is not able to accommodate walk-in requests at this time, so please follow the guidelines below.


In order to qualify for representation, a potential client will be required to make financial disclosures for the AELP to determine eligibility. To find out if you are eligible for our services, please complete the Request for Services Form. For more information about our services, please call 619.961.4382.


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. The AELP clinical experience will provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, client development, drafting and critical thinking. Go to the Art & Entertainment Law Project Student Eligibility and Requirements webpage for more information on the student application process.



Art and Entertainment Law Project
Small Business Law Center
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

495 Eleventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.961.4382
Fax: 619.961.1382

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