Scholars Programs

Selig Scholars & MSLB Graduate Assistantship Programs

Bud SeligThe Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University would like to invite JD (Juris Doctor) and Master of Sports Law & Business students to apply for the following opportunities: The Allan “Bud” Selig Scholars Program and the MSLB Graduate Assistantship Program with Sun Devil Athletics.

Allan “Bud” Selig Scholars Program

As the Distinguished Professor of Sports in America at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Major League Baseball’s Commissioner Emeritus Allan “Bud” Selig brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Program. A historian with the rare distinction of having written history prior to teaching it, Commissioner Selig is now able to share his life and achievements with our students, faculty, and the entire Arizona State University community. The former Commissioner revolutionized professional team sports with a uniquely cooperative method of rule, advocating and implementing global change in the areas of diversity, community outreach, revenue sharing and the economics of professional sports, labor relations, and far more. Selig Scholars are expected to demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and a true passion for the societal impact of sport. Commissioner Selig’s ongoing “Hope and Faith” campaign continues to effect change through this Scholars Program.

  • Each year, a panel that includes Commissioner Emeritus Selig and members of the Sports Law & Business faculty and administration will select one MSLB candidate as a recipient of the Selig Scholarship.
  • Selig Scholars will be awarded $5,000, to be received in equal installments each semester. Full-time students will receive one-half in the Fall and one-half in the Spring, while part-time students will receive one-quarter in each semester of their enrollment.
  • The recipient will be given preference for any Research Assistant positions requested by Commissioner Emeritus Selig

MSLB Graduate Assistantship Program with Sun Devil Athletics

Through our partnership with Sun Devil Athletics, we have created a Graduate Assistantship Program that will provide four (4) students each year with the opportunity to work directly with the Athletics Department. The MSLB GA’s will be assigned to varying departments based on the current needs of Sun Devil Athletics, with one (1) position remaining dedicated to the Office of Athletics Compliance each year. The other three (3) positions will rotate among the various departments within Sun Devil Athletics and may include sport-specific supervision, general administration, and/or a variety of projects as assigned by the student’s direct reports. Selection of these students will be made by administrators in Sun Devil Athletics, and they will be focused on those applicants who have demonstrated exceptional experience working in sports, as well as a sincere understanding of the business and regulation of sports as an industry.

  • Graduate Assistantship Positions provide full tuition and fees (for both in- and out-of-state residents), as well as a monthly stipend of $1,000 for the nine-month term.
  • Positions run for one term from September 1st – May 31st, and students will be required to enroll in the MSLB Program part-time. All students will be reconsidered at the end of their first term, and new applications will be accepted for all positions each year.
  • When chosen for an MSLB GA Position, the applicant

The application explains how the scholarship recipients and graduate assistants will be chosen. These awards are made on the basis of several factors: 1) academic performance; 2) integrity and sense of professionalism; 3) experience in and knowledge of the sports industry; and 4) demonstrated potential for contributions to the sports industry.


Current students interested in applying click here.

Prospective students interested in more information, please contact Aaron Hernandez, Director, Sports Law & Business Program.

Application Deadlines

Application materials must be submitted to Aaron Hernandez, Director, Sports Law & Business Program, by e-mail or in person.

Incomplete or late application packages will not be considered.