Sports Law Certificate Requirements

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.

Sports Law


  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 and Business Issues in Esports, Legal Issues in Youth, High School, and Recreational Sports, NCAA Governance and Compliance, Representing Professional Athletes and Coaches, Sports Industry Governance, Sports Sponsorship - Legal and Business Issues, Sports Venues, or The Impact of Gender Equity Laws on Sport.
  3. A Sports Law Seminar, or a research paper on a sports law topic in another Law School seminar (2 credits).  NOTE: Students who take a non-sports law seminar should contact Professor Anderson to make sure the course meets this requirement.
  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 practical/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:

First year (1L)

  • First semester in law school (fall)
    • Fill out Sports Law Certificate initial interest application
    • Attend Office of Career Planning Orientation Program
  • Second semester in law school (spring)
    • Attend mandatory Certificate planning meeting
    • Register for Marquette Sports Law Review summer writing competition
    • Confirm interest in Internship program


Second Year (2L)

  • Summer after first year of law school
    • Compete in the Marquette Sports Law Review writing competition
    • Topics in Advanced Legal Research – Sports Law (can also be taken in fall of 2L year)
  • First semester of second year (fall)
    • Amateur Sports Law
    • Fill out formal Sports Law Certificate Application
    • Meet with Professor Anderson to discuss Certificate Program
    • Topics in Advanced Legal Research - Sports Law (can also be taken in summer of 2L year)
    • Workshop: Appellate Writing and Advocacy (for students interested in Moot Court)
    • Compete in the Intramural Sports Law Negotiation Competition (for students interested in competing on a national competition team during their third year)
  • Second semester of second year (spring)
    • Professional Sports Law

Third Year (3L)

  • First semester of third year (fall)
    • Formal Sports Law Certificate application
  • Second semester of third year (spring)
    • Complete Exit Survey and interview
    • Selected Topics in Sports Law Seminar
    • Attend Annual Awards Ceremony (April) & Certificate Luncheon (May)

Each year in law school

  • FALL
    • Join and participate in the Sports Law Society
    • Attend sports law events
    • Attend and volunteer to help with the 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 responsibility 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, Sports Law Program Director