Sports Law Certificate Requirements

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Sports Law Certificate Requirements

2014 Sports Law Certificate Class

Only students graduating from Marquette University Law School who fulfill all of the following requirements (including attending all required meetings), may earn the National Sports Law Institute's Sports Law Certificate.  The Certificate is presented to each student after his or her law school graduation.


1.         Both introductory sports law survey courses (3 credits): Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports Law

2.         One sports law workshop (2 credits):  Legal and Business Issues In Collegiate Athletics, Legal Issues in Youth, High School, and Recreational Sports, Representing Professional Athletes and Coaches, Sports Industry Governance, Sports Sponsorship - Legal and Business Issues, or Sports Venues.

3.         A Sports Law Seminar, or a research paper on a sports law topic in another Law School seminar (2 credits).

4.         Topics in Advanced Legal Research - Sports Law (2 credits) (learning outcome).

5.         Alternative Dispute Resolution or related ADR course.

6.         One or more of the following substantive law courses that significantly impact the sports industry: Antitrust Law; Business Associations; Disability Law; Education Law; Federal Income Taxation of Individuals; Intellectual Property Law; or Labor Law.

7.         Marquette Sports Law Review staff position for a full academic year (learning outcome).

8.         A sports law practice/research internship of at least one semester in length (learning outcome).


Progress toward receipt of the Certificate (required meetings & applications)

Professor Paul Anderson monitors each student's progress toward meeting the requirements of the Sports Law Certificate.  This monitoring includes the following required meetings and applications:

1L year

  1. All first year and transfer students must attend the mandatory informational meeting held each spring (for most students this will be during the second semester of their 1L year before they register for 2L courses).

2L year

  1. 2L students must complete an application of intent to work toward completion of the requirements for the Certificate during the fall semester.  The application will be sent by Professor Anderson in an email to all 2L students (for most students this will be during their third semester of law school, the first semester of their 2L year)
  2. Any students who complete the application must then meet with Professor Anderson at the end of the fall semester (for most students this is the first semester of their 2L year).
  3. Each student will receive a follow-up communication from Professor Anderson during the spring semester (the second semester of their 2L year) relating to future planning to complete all Certificate requirements.  Some students will be asked to meet with Professor Anderson at the end of the spring semester.

3L year

  1. During the fall semester each Certificate candidate must complete an application verifying they will meet all of the requirements of the Sports Law Certificate.  Professor Anderson will contact each candidate with instructions (typically during the fall semester)
  2. During the spring semester each student must complete an exit survey and exit interview (if a student does not graduate in the spring this will be completed in their semester of graduation).

The exact date for each event or meeting, and the due dates for each application, will vary each year.  It is the student's responsibiliy to complete each requirement in the order listed above.  All communication related to Sports Law Certificate requirements will come from Professor Anderson by email:  

Please direct any questions related to the requirements for the Sports Law Certificate to Professor Paul Anderson, NSLI Associate Director