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Pathways to the Profession: Ravina Gogna L’21

September 05, 2019

Editor’s Note: Each summer Penn Law students hone their skills through a wide array of private and public sector internships across the country and around the world. Generous financial support and fellowships for international and public interest work enable students to pursue diverse assignments in the United States and abroad. This post is one in a series of firsthand accounts detailing how students’ summer employment opportunities are preparing them for their legal careers.

Ravina Gogna L’21 grew up in California and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2016. At Penn Law, she serves as the Entertainment Vice President of the Entertainment & Sports Law Society (ESLS), VP of Professionalism of the West Coast Law Students Association, Social Chair of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), and VP of Marketing for One for the World.  

Interning for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California has been extremely rewarding, and this was the ideal experience for me to refine my interests and develop crucial skills for my legal career. I was exposed to complex business and legal issues and had the opportunity to complete substantive legal work in the fields of contract law, copyright law, labor law, and competition law. Having worked at various non-profits before law school, I pursued an in-house opportunity for my summer to understand the ways in which law and business interact. I was also interested inrights issues surrounding digital media and intellectual property. 

This summer, I have been working in the Motion Picture Legal Department. My assignments have covered a wide variety of legal issues, including option agreements, chain of title issues, talent agreements, production rights and restrictions, industry negotiations, and intellectual property issues concerning copyright and trademarks.

Ever since my first day on the Paramount lot, I have been assigned substantive work, and my team provided abundant opportunities for direct feedback. Idrafted agreements for the financing of feature films and option agreements used to acquire rights to a literary property. I was fascinated by the way in which industry rules and guidelines set by guilds including the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and Directors Guild of America (DGA) affect labor issues like compensation and credits.

Aside from all my interesting assignments, Paramount has provided infinite opportunities to get involved on the lot. We have “Speaker Series” luncheons that feature executives from Paramount who teach us about the different business functions and departments at Paramount. Since Viacom is Paramount’s parent company, we also had the opportunity to visit and to learn about the Viacom and Nickelodeon offices. I also marched with Paramount Pictures in the 2019 LA Pride Parade, themed with the release of Rocketman. I have learned so much about the exciting projects in Paramount’s future, and I have even seen some productions filmed on the lot.

Since my assignments have included topics and terminology from intellectual property law, internet law, and contract law, I have directly utilized my Penn Law education. Contracts with Professor Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, Internet Law with Professor Christopher Yoo, and Introduction to Intellectual Property and Policy with Professor Shyam Balganesh have all been essential in providing a framework for many of the legal issues I undertook this summer.

I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to develop and further my interest in contracts, technology transactions, and intellectual property. During the remainder of my time at Penn Law, I plan to take classes that develop my drafting and negotiation skills, and I also want to participate in Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC). I have enjoyed every moment of my summer working at Paramount Pictures and meeting the vibrant Penn Law Alumni community in Southern California.