Sports Law Certificate

Develop expertise. Demonstrate commitment.
Distinguish yourself.

Review the requirements for the Sports Law Certificate here

If you’re interested in sports law, the breadth of industry-related course offerings as well as internship and networking opportunities at Marquette are without comparison.

Yet even if you plan to practice in a job outside of sports, I believe there is substantial value in pursuing Marquette’s Certificate in Sports Law. Its requirements lead to highly beneficial law review experience where you can hone transferrable skills like editing, writing, research, and time management. It leads to practical legal experience through the internship program. And it will expose you to a wide array of legal issues and areas of law. Upon graduation, certificate recipients have a broad knowledge base that is critical at the beginning of a legal career. This program is truly one-of-a-kind.

Sarah Padove, '12
Legal Coordinator
Major League Baseball
New York, New York

From youth, high school, and college athletics, to the adult recreational and professional arenas, the sports world is unique unto itself.

Marquette’s Sports Law program has long served as a leading resource for that singular world – providing the nation’s most comprehensive offering of sports law courses and student internships with sports organizations. Ours was the first law review based only on sports scholarship. And, through our affiliation with the National Sports Law Institute, we have provided a national forum for discussion of American and international sports issues since 1989.

Building on strengths like these, Marquette created its Sports Law Certificate. Earned as part of the J.D. degree, the sports law certificate systematically directs students to the courses, skills, and experiential learning opportunities needed to excel in this arena. Further, when that certificate is on a resume, it proves to future employers a commitment to and competence in the field.

Students who pursue the certificate take advantage of monthly events that offer access to networking opportunities with leaders in the sports world. They capitalize on our relationships with sports organizations to secure internships offering practical experience in how the industry works. And they participate in extramural competitions that gain them recognition.

Because sports law encompasses most fields in the law, the certificate requires knowledge in contracts, torts, labor, intellectual property, taxation, antitrust, education, business, and more. Each faculty member brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his or her particular area. For example, an agent teaches agency; a developer teaches venues, and so on. Oh, and the Major League Baseball Commissioner teaches professional sports law. Enough said?


Contact: Professor Paul Anderson (email: | phone: (414) 288-5816), Director, Sports Law Program & National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School.  

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