Sports Law Course Descriptions

(3 Credits). This course covers various individual and non-professional sports law issues and focuses on the regulation of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and Olympic sports. Topics covered include tort law, contract law, Title IX gender discrimination, the relationship between the college athlete and university, drug testing of amateur athletes, the regulatory authority of the NCAA, and the rules and regulations pertaining to "amateurism" and use of agents.  

EXTERNSHIP IN SPORTS LAW (2-3 Credits). Students enrolled in the Sports Law Certificate Program have the opportunity to gain valuable legal experience by participating in one-semester long volunteer sports law internships with a sports organization or university athletic department, which may satisfy the law school's skills requirement. The externship must be pre-approved by the program director. The director places students in all internship opportunities as they become available.  

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPORTS LAW (2 Credits). Students do substantial research on a sports law topic and write a paper under the supervision of a member of the full-time faculty, which may also satisfy the law school's advanced legal writing requirement. The independent study must be pre-approved by the program director. Prerequisite: Amateur Sports Law or Professional Sports Law.  

LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORTS MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP (2 Credits). This course will explore the legal issues pertaining to sports marketing and sponsorship. Topics covered include the relationship between the sponsor and the rights holder, the legal issues associated with marketing and sponsorship agreements, the rights of privacy and publicity associated with player endorsements and trading cards, the trademark rights that permit teams and companies to license and sell commercial merchandise, and the relationship between professional athletes and the international and national governing bodies of which they are members. The course will also explore the legal issues associated with media sponsors in television.  

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LAW (3 Credits). This course covers legal issues peculiar to the professional sports industry, including league decision-making and commissioner power, labor relations, antitrust law, enforcement and negotiation of sports contracts, and stadium and intellectual property issues. 

SPORTS LAW SEMINAR [Topic Specific] (2 Credits). This seminar will focus on modern legal issues pertaining to a particular subject matter of sports law, and the topic varies from semester to semester. Each student in the seminar will write a substantial paper on a specific topic chosen in consultation with the instructor, which also satisfies the law school’s advanced legal writing requirement. Students will learn about advanced legal research methods and sources related to amateur and professional sports. Prerequisites: Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports Law.  

SPORTS LAW WORKSHOP (2 Credits). This course is a practical skills workshop in which students apply the legal principles learned in Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports Law by working on various projects that involve legal problems associated with intercollegiate athletics and professional sports, including university athletic department governance and risk management, Title IX gender equity compliance audits, athletic event management and sponsorships, player contracts and scholarships, stadium and arena financing and leases, and intellectual property licensing. This course satisfies the law school's skills requirement. Prerequisites: Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports