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Sony internship a hit for budding entertainment attorney

Business Practice Credit program pairs students with business law practitioners

(Boston, Revised-8/13/14) New England Law | Boston: Before a producer can say Lights! Camera! Action! there is often the need for Intellectual Property! Contracts! Employment! To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, entertainment law stokes the “star maker machinery behind the popular song,” and the allure of this exciting career attracts so many law students that breaking into it can be difficult.
Alexandria Hock '14 Alexandria Hock '14
Alexandria “Alex” Hock ’14 enhanced her prospects for an entertainment law career through several New England Law | Boston offerings, including the Center for Business Law’s Business Practice Credit program, through which she earned credit last summer while interning with Sony Music Entertainment in Manhattan.    

Typical Business Practice Program placements have included the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Liberty Mutual Insurance, and NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. The program is just one of the law school’s many experiential programs and opportunities.

A "beyond invaluable" experience

Sony’s fast-paced Business and Legal Affairs Division had Hock drafting agreements and observing ongoing litigation as she networked and furthered her industry connections. “Sony provided me with an experience that goes above and beyond invaluable,” she said about her “dream internship.”

The firsthand knowledge she gained was complemented by guidance from her New England Law supervisor, Professor Gary Monserud. “He showed such a strong interest in really listening and learning about what I was doing at Sony, and was always there if needed.”

Professor Gary Monserud Professor Gary Monserud

According to Professor Monserud, the lawyers at Sony really appreciated Alex for her legal training, diligence, and enthusiasm for the work. “Her personal attributes made her placement a success story. Students with particular interests could follow her example and gain valuable contacts and experience,” he said.

Raised on rock and roll

Hock’s father was a rock music promoter and she grew up hearing about his work with big-name acts such as Elton John, Fine Young Cannibals, Genesis, and Led Zeppelin, among others. “He was a huge influence on my life—he always told me to stay clear of the music business, however! I think everyone in the music business, especially on the business side, tells their children to stay away, but of course it just sucks you in.” Hock also credits her mother, a former Wilhelmina agency model, for her interest in the bright lights.

Hock’s résumé began to shine when the Rutgers University undergraduate was responsible for coordinating big, on-campus concerts. “I have experience with all aspects of concerts, from booking artists and hiring security to renting stages and production crews. It will make me a better entertainment attorney in the long run because I know what goes on behind the scenes.”

Acquiring real world legal expertise

Her practical knowledge, skills, and contacts all expanded through New England Law opportunities. Hock took Entertainment Law and was mentored by her professor, prominent Boston entertainment lawyer Patti Jones. “Turns out we have a few overlapping friends in the music business, so we really hit it off,” said Hock. “In the music business it is all about networking and making sure you really establish connections with people on both a business and personal level. I am ecstatic that she took me under her wing!”
Hock strongly endorsed the practical focus of New England Law’s curriculum; she appreciated the value of courses like Contract Drafting, which “introduces you to the various types of contracts you will see in the real world;” Intellectual Property, “since Trademark and Copyright are so prominent in the music business;” and Negotiation, which she found “extremely helpful and interesting.”

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