Sports Law & Business

Juris Doctor, Sports Law and Business

The Sports Law and Business Program uses the expertise of world-class faculty and programming to provide specialized and targeted experiences for legal scholars with career aspirations in sports. It is the only law program in the U.S. that combines sports, law, and business into one comprehensive program. The Juris Doctor concentration in sports law and business creates more opportunity for students looking to work at the vibrant intersection of sports business and the law. The program offers JD students a readily-applicable curriculum and real-world experiences, teaching future lawyers how to solve industry problems through the lens of sports by considering all regulatory, revenue, reputational, and relationship factors involved in a given scenario.

Degree Requirements

JD students must complete a total of 88 credit hours and a written substantial paper in order to meet graduation requirements. The concentration in sports law and business requires 15 credits:

  • One of Professional OR Amateur Sports Law
  • 6 (non-JD) credits, focusing on sports business
  • 3 law credits related to sports, such as risk management for venues in the sports industry; NCAA compliance, infractions, and enforcement; or pro team sports: operations and legal issues
  • 3 credit capstone project or legal externship

Curriculum

The JD concentration in sports law and business has flexible requirements that students may choose from, including the following course options:

  • Professional Sports Law
  • Sports Analytics
  • Sports Marketing
  • NCAA Infractions, Compliance, and Enforcement
  • Amateur Sports Law
  • Risk Management in Venues
  • Pro Team Sports: Legal Issues in Team Business Operations

Student outcomes

  • Invitations to world-class guest speakers
  • Exclusive access to events, including:
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Skills workshops
    • Sporting events
  • Externships for hands-on learning experiences
  • Skills to jumpstart a career in the sports industry
  • Opportunity for involvement in the Sports Law and Business student organization
  • Ability to apply for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Guided papers, research, and special projects as available

Previous internship opportunities

  • Sun Devil Athletics Compliance
  • Jackson Lewis, PC
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • NFL Legal Fellowship
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
  • See more
Jeremy Gritten
Jeremy Gritten, JD, Sports Law & Business

Jeremy Gritten is one of the first Selig Scholars recipients, who talks about what the scholarship, the new Beus Center for Law and Society building, and the Sports Law & Business Program mean to him.

Master of Sports Law & Business

You do not need to become a lawyer or have a legal background to pursue a Master of Sports Law & Business degree. Graduates are equipped to understand the sports market and the regulatory forces at play in the U.S. and globally. This one-year, 36-credit hour degree is for people who want to master legal principles that impact sports organizations. Fall and spring starts and full or part-time options are available. Spring enrollments are reserved for a limited number of candidates who demonstrate exceptional work experience in sports.

Degree requirements

  • MSLB applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or attained a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • MSLB students must complete a total of 36 credit hours to graduate.
  • Students can complete the program in 1 year (three semesters) if full time, and in 2+ years if part time.
  • Graduate school entrance exams (e.g. LSAT, GRE, GMAT) are not required.

Student outcomes

  • Invitations to world-class guest speakers
  • Exclusive access to events, including:
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Skills workshops
    • Sporting events
  • Internships for hands-on learning experiences
  • Skills to jumpstart a career in the sports industry
  • Guided papers, research, and special projects as available
Lucy Lara
Lucy Lara
Master of Sports Law and Business, '16

When Lucy Lara first started as a freshman at ASU, she only thought about soccer. As she progressed through undergraduate and law schools, she realized there was a new world of opportunity that knocked on her door outside of soccer. “No matter what you think you are capable of doing, you can do more than that. I couldn’t ask for anything in the world other than getting my education and getting a job in order to support my family. It literally changed my life!”

Curriculum

Course options include:

  • U.S. Law & Legal Analysis in Sports Business
  • Amateur Sports Law
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Sports Analytics
  • Sports Business Strategies: Executive Decision Making
  • Sports Marketing
  • Personal & Business Branding in Sports
  • Sports Big Events: Legal, Business & Operations Issues

Previous internships

Internships are intended to assist MSLB students as they develop their professional skills and secure an appropriate position in the industry. Most internships can be completed year round, but they require careful coordination with academic schedules.

Past internships include:

  • Phoenix Final Four
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • UFC
  • USGA
  • See more

Other courses include:

  • NCAA Infractions, Compliance & Enforcement
  • Sports Venue Financing
  • Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sports
  • Special Topics taught by Bud Selig
  • Infractions and Compliance in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Sports Venue Financing

Students are required to complete a culminating experience in their chosen field of interest, which should include the creation of some tangible work product.

Occasionally, some students will also take other courses within the law school or in other graduate programs on campus that are consistent with their career objectives.

Master of Laws

Do you want to thrive at the nexus of law and business in the sports industry while adding value to your JD?

If so, consider pursuing a Master of Laws with an specialization in Sports Law and Business. This degree is for individuals who already have a law degree and aspire to increase their ability to predict and solve issues facing the sports industry at every level. Sports, estimated to be a $1.3 trillion industry worldwide, has the ability to effect social change in every neighborhood around the globe. The sports industry is experiencing a modern revolution with the advent of technology leading to new methods of publishing and consumption of live events, and practitioners with a special knowledge base in sports law, governance, policy, and business will work at the cutting edge of this highly publicized industry.

Degree requirements

Students pursuing an LLM must complete a total of 24 credit hours. The specialization in sports law and business includes:

  • 12 credits chosen from sports-focused law and business courses offered in the Sports Law & Business curriculum
  • Optional capstone project focusing on the sports industry and supervised by faculty

Courses offered include:

  • Professional Sports Law
  • Sports Analytics
  • Sports Marketing
  • NCAA Infractions & Compliance
  • Amateur Sports Law
  • Risk Management in Venues
  • Personal & Business Branding in Sports
  • Legal and Financial Issues in Sports Venues
  • Sports Business Strategies and Executive Decisions

Student opportunities

  • Invitations to world-class guest speakers
  • Exclusive access to events, including:
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Skills workshops
    • Sporting Events
  • Externships for hands-on learning experiences
  • Skills to jumpstart a career in the sports industry
  • Opportunity for involvement in the Sports Law & Business student organization
  • Guided papers, research, and special projects as available
  • Opportunity to contribute to the ASU Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

Previous Legal Externship Opportunities have included:

  • Sun Devil Athletics Compliance
  • Jackson Lewis PC
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Golden State Warriors