Goksu Aycil Altinok: Why I pursued an LL.M.

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[Editor’s Note: In the Fall issue of National Jurist magazine, six current or recent LL.M. students told us how they furthered their education and improved their career prospects, both in the U.S. and abroad. You can read their stories here. Throughout the year, we will feature the stories of more students and graduates.]

 

Goksu Aycil Altinok

Turkey

UCLA School of Law 

I am from Istanbul, Turkey, and graduated from law school in Turkey with summa cum laude distinction in 2020. I was granted a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an LL.M. degree in the U.S. and am now currently enrolled in UCLA School of Law’s LL.M. Program, pursuing a specialization in Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law and Policy. 

Thus far, my experience has truly been one of a kind. I’ve already gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the TV and film industry from my courses in entertainment law and motion picture distribution. The motion picture distribution class afforded me the opportunity to examine the dynamics governing the entertainment world in an in-depth manner alongside industry experts. I also participated in a mock NBA project as part of my sports law clinic, which simulated what it would be like to assume the role of general manager of an NBA team.

Now I am focusing on technology within the scope of my specialization, conducting research and writing a paper on the digital wars that the entertainment industry has been facing in the current landscape. 

I chose to specialize in this field because I believe that legal systems should establish strategies that respond dynamically to changes emerging from rapid technological developments. To this end, legal systems need lawyers who can understand the importance of innovation and analyze its potential impacts on business and social life. 

Consequently, beyond my LL.M., I plan to pursue a Ph.D. to deepen the role and impact of data held by streaming platforms on their business strategies and overall competition in the industry. I also intend to sit for the New York Bar Exam and return to Istanbul as an international attorney with a solid interdisciplinary foundation.  

In the long-term, I aspire to work for Netflix Istanbul as a consultant while concurrently lecturing at Turkish universities. 

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