Columbia Law School recently played host to several alumni who have found early success in the fields of intellectual property and entertainment law. They spoke to students at a panel hosted by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media & the Arts and the Office of Career Services.
“If you want to practice in what I still think is a glamour field, you have to stand out,” said Camille Calman ’06, an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. “You have to make people understand this is something you’re really interested in and not just that you want to go to movie premieres.” Meanwhile, Ben McLean ’03, senior counsel for Rainbow Media, cautioned students to be realistic in their expectations right out of law school. The perfect job is hard to find, he said, and it might serve students well to take a more general position at a law firm and seek out projects related to media and entertainment law.