Sports Law Certificate Requirements

2018 Sports Law Certificate class

Table of Contents
  1. Requirements
  2. Progress

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; Employment 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. First Semester = Attend Sports Law program orientation & Office of Career Planning Orientation,
  2. Second Semester = Attend mandatory course planning meeting
  3. Summer after 1L year = Compete in Marquette Sports Law Review membership writing competition (possibly enroll in ALR-Sports Law)

2L year

  1. Enroll in Amateur Sports Law & ALR-Sports Law (unless ALR is taken in the prior summer)
  2. 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)
  3. 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).
  4. 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).

Each year in law school

  • Attend annual fall conference
  • Attend annual spring alumni career panel
  • Attend annual spring practicing sports law panel
  • Attend annual spring end of the year sports law banquet

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 Director