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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.
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:
The JD concentration in sports law and business has flexible requirements that students may choose from, including the following course options:
Previous internship opportunities
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, and who have exceptional circumstances that would require a spring start.
Course options include:
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:
Other courses include:
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.
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 opportunity to earn both a JD and a Master of Sports Law and Business in seven (7) semesters will be a major differentiator for aspiring sports industry professionals. This will give students the full range of JD curriculum, preparing them for the legal industry and making them eligible to sit for the Bar. It also allows students to take advantage of the full scope of business courses offered through the SLB program. With the sports industry trending more toward hiring executives who are skilled in both law and business, this is a perfect combination for those who aspire to work at the highest levels!
Individually, JD students must complete a total of 88 credits, and MSLB students must complete a total of 36 credits. However, JD/MSLB students may earn both degrees concurrently by completing a total of 106 credit hours and a written substantial paper in order to meet graduation requirements. Students who plan to pursue this option should be prepared to make their decision before beginning their 2L year, and academic advisors will make sure they have a fully customized degree plan that maximizes their opportunities in and out of the classroom.
The JD/MSLB concurrent degree gives students the broadest range of options for course selection, including the following course options: