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Legal Associate, Disney Lawyers in Film Training (D-LIFT) Program, Summer 2023

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10022673 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted Sep. 20, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Studio Legal Affairs Disney Lawyers in Film Training (D-LIFT) Program provides recent law school graduates with an opportunity to be mentored by Studio Content attorneys, participate in business and leadership development training, and get hands-on experience on legal matters arising during the course of motion picture development and production with Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Studios for theatrical and streaming content, and other original content in support of various studio initiatives. 


June 2023 - August 2023:  

Participants are engaged on a part time basis, working remotely 3-4 hours per week, primarily participating in studio immersion sessions and mentoring while preparing to take the Bar on their own time. The summer period culminates in a two-week full time intensive studio legal affairs training program.

September 2023 - November 2023: 

Participants working remotely full time, while awaiting the results of their Bar Exam. Responsibilities include: 

  • Assisting attorneys by doing research, proofreading and some drafting 

  • Participating in business and leadership development sessions  

  • Meeting regularly with assigned mentor for additional 1:1 development 

December 2023 - June 2024: 

Participants continue the program (based on successful bar exam results), with expanded responsibilities, on a hybrid (in person and remote) basis with in person required starting in January, 2024.


The D-LIFT program is a full-time entry-level program designed to provide recent law school graduates interested in the film industry a unique learning experience within the different areas of Studio Legal Affairs. D-LIFT Associates will participate in work and development opportunities designed to build and enhance key technical and leadership skills necessary to succeed with the many areas of Studio Legal. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be considered for various opportunities within the Legal Affairs team at Disney Studios Content and the broader Walt Disney Company.  



  • Intend to take a US/California Bar Exam in July 2023 

  • Previous professional experience, ideally working in a law office or studio/media company, including internships 

  • Desire for a career in the entertainment business, specifically motion picture production 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Ability to manage confidential information 

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well in a team environment 

  • Capable of managing changing priorities & deadline pressure 


  • Authorized to work in the United States 

  • Available part time (4 hours/week) from June 2023 and then full time from mid-August 2023 through June 2024 

  • Ability to relocate to the Los Angeles area not later than January 1, 2024

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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