Florida Coastal School of Law is proud to announce a new, unique opportunity for law students interested in a career in sports law! The Summer Sports Law Practice Institute for law students is the most innovative and in-depth practical skills-based summer sports institute for law students in America.“This is America’s best preparatory course for law students seeking certification as a professional sports agent or related career.”- Roger M. Groves, Coastal Law Professor and faculty member of the Summer Sports Law Practice Institute
If you are a law student interested in advancing your career in sports law and learning value-added strategies to increase employment opportunities this is the program for you. The Summer Sports Law Practice Institute is designed for law students interested in the following:
- Becoming a sports agent
- Becoming an NCAA compliance officer
- Representing companies or athletes in endorsements deals
- Serving as an administrator or owner of a professional sports league
- And more
Students that successfully complete the Sports Law Practice Institute will have the opportunity to network with nationally recognized practitioners in the field and submit articles to potentially become nationally published.
The faculty have over a half century of practical experience in the area of sports law, more than any other law school summer program in the country. The faculty have represented professional athletes, athletic directors, top D-1 college coaches, and have been top executives at the NCAA and general managers of NFL teams. Faculty includes premier sports agents for NFL, NBA, MLB, and professional golfers on the PGA Tour.
Key faculty members are:
- Michael L. Huyghue is currently a highly successful sports agent of athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA. He has been the only sports executive in the country to be a Vice President and General Counsel for one NFL team, General Manager for another NFL team, while also having worked at the NFL Players Association, the NFL Management Council, and Head of Football Operations for a start-up NFL Franchise. Huyghue has been a Senior Executive of NFL World League, and a Commissioner of start of professional football league. He was retained by the NFLPA to help draft the exam used by the NFLPA to certify agents. He also developed software used by NFL teams to analyze and draft players. Huyghue is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School
- Professor Roger Groves has represented NFL players, football coaches, and athletic director at an elite D-1 program. He is one of the most published and most read authors of law review articles on an athlete’s publicity rights and antitrust law or First Amendment implications in America. He has been among top-20 authors of weekly posts for Forbes on the business of sports, which has generated almost 2 million views. He has been an expert panelist on ESPN’s Outside the Lines (“OTL”), the ABA and various media outlets. Professor Groves was a tax judge and equity partner in a 100-person law firm where he negotiated multi-million dollar contracts involving multinational corporations, while also representing Aretha Franklin and other high profile entertainers
- Oliver Luck is one of the most respected and insightful executives with the NCAA. He is the executive vice president of regulatory affairs and is connected with virtually every entity of importance within college athletics. He is a former athletic director and associate vice president for the West Virginia University. He was also an All American quarterback and played five years in the NFL. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School.
Classes and Curriculum
This course is part of the regular J.D. program at Florida Coastal School of Law. The first two weeks are online podcasts. Those podcasts are asynchronous (i.e. without a specific class time); thereby maximizing student flexibility in viewing the podcast from any location at any time prior to a stated deadline. The remaining four weeks of the Institute are a combination of lecture and experiential learning exercises. Classes commence May 16, 2016 and end June 24, 2016. Live classroom sessions will be on the Coastal Law’s campus from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The final exam will be online multiple choice questions to be taken June 30, 2016.
The course provides substantive law in cutting edge issues relevant to future employment in sports law. Those topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Publicity rights of college and professional athletes to use their own name, image and likeness
- Collective Bargaining Agreements in professional sports (e.g. contract negotiations with salary cap implications; arbitration proceedings)
- Endorsement contracts, deal-making between players and sponsor (since in reality agents are deal makers)
- Equity Ownership Opportunities for athletes (student negotiations as an agent to place a player into an equity position within private business entities)
Class “Field Trips”
Students enrolled in the Institute can look forward to site visits of facilities and executive level networking opportunities at or with the following:
- NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars
- PGA Tour, the world's top organization of golfers
- Jacksonville Armada, Jacksonville's professional soccer team
The experiential learning simulations and exercises offered to students in the Institute are the most innovative of any summer sports courses in the United States, crafted by Harvard consultants with national experience in creative practical pedagogy.
National Publication Opportunities:
Enrolled students have two opportunities for national publication with strategic advice provided by faculty to enhance the likelihood of being published. First, students will be assigned to write 500-800 word essays on hot topics affecting college and professional athletes. Qualitative pieces will be submitted to national media outlets which have already agreed to examine the content for potential publication. Secondly, students will receive a list of potential law review journals that accept student publications. Faculty will provide advice on strategies to assist in potential placement. Such publications should be added to the student’s resume.
Strategic Business Planning For Sports Career:
The faculty will provide key publications, checklists, podcasts, and templates for strategically and systematically searching for employment in the sports industry. The faculty will share with students some of their valuable resources within the sports industry. Students will be provided strategies for approaching some of those entities and individuals.
Admission And Registration:
Though this course is part of the regular J.D. program at Florida Coastal School of Law, law students from other law schools may enroll as visitors. Visiting students start the process by contacting Coastal Law Admissions via e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at (904) 680-7700. Students will need to complete an application, submit an official transcript, and a letter of permission/good standing to the Admissions office. The visiting students will then be directed to the Registrar’s Office.
For registration and tuition questions, please contact the registrar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all other questions, contact Professor Roger M. Groves, director, business law program email@example.com, or by phone at (904) 256-1218.
Jacksonville Area Highlights
- Beaches: Jacksonville has 22 miles of white sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. A range of water sports are available, as are the afternoons for institute students. Some of the simulations may be staged at the beaches and are less than a half hour from the accommodations and law school. SeeVisitjacksonville.com.
- St. Johns Town Center: The premier shopping center in northeast Florida is 5 minutes from the housing accommodations. The Town Center includes Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, The Cheesecake Factory, Williams-Sonoma, Victoria’s Secret, West Elm, White House Black Market, Urban Outfitters, The Capital Grille, Sephora, Maggiano’s Little Italy, among others. See
- St. Augustine: The oldest city in the United States is an international destination with a quaint walking historic district, art galleries, living history museums and lively nightlife. See Augustine.com
- Amelia Island: This is a couples-getaway with lush beaches, one of the most highly regarded Ritz Carlton hotels, and the charming town of Fernandina Beach. It is approximately 40 minutes from Jacksonville.
Students will have qualitative housing opportunities at Osprey Fountains at the University of North Florida, just 15 minutes (9 miles) from the law school campus. Negotiated rates are between $32-$40 per night. There is limited availability and will be reserved on a first-to-register basis.
There will be chartered transportation between the Osprey Fountains and the law school.