Sports Law Courses – Combine Your Hobbies?
The law and sports. Two sectors that really interest people. What if you could combine them into your career; how great would that be?
Imagine acting on behalf of your favourite football team, being consulted on a matter of Formula 1 legality or even being involved in the actual set up of a sports team.
But where exactly do you get started if you want to do this?
Getting started in sports law
Usually you won’t actually be working directly for a sports team. Rather the team will be a client of your firm. This means you will get to work for several different sports teams over a range of sports. So if you do want to become a sports lawyer, it’s obviously necessary to pick a firm who actually practice it in the first place.
Sporting law isn’t any different from any other kind of law area; once you’ve done your LPC and got a training contract you can become a trainee solicitor. This means you don’t need any more formal training in sports law. Unfortunately (to the best of our knowledge) a sporting law module isn’t a part of the Legal Practice Course. This means it may be a good idea to seek further legal training if you have your heart set on becoming a sports lawyer.
Sports law courses
The majority of sports law courses are going to be in the form of post graduate masters degrees. There are several universities across the United Kingdom who offer the course. These are the institutions that we know about. This is not an exhaustive list:
- Staffordshire University (distance learning available)
- Nottingham Trent University
- Leeds Metropoleten
- De Montfort University
- University of Buckingham
- University of Edinborough
- Birkbeck, University of London
- Coventry University
- Swansea University
Note : If you are affiliated with a university which provides the qualification, and your institution isn’t included on this list, please contact us.
If you’re looking for a non university based course there isn’t a wide selection. There are a few though. With these courses you should look at who exactly is doing the teaching. If it’s a solicitor or academic then great, but if the teacher does’t appear to have any relevant qualifications then be wary.
Some on the non university sports courses can be done via distance learning too. This type of course will be good if you work as a paralegal or legal assistant in a firm which deals with sports related legal matters.
All of the courses will differ in some way. Therefore it’s best to fully research the institution you are intending to take the MSc course at. Generally speaking you can expect to cover the following areas:
- General relationships between the law and sports
- Legal liability, risk and sporting relationships
- Legal regulation of sports
- Teams and employment
- Sports and intellectual property
- Sports and business. This may also include advertising in sports, the sale of teams, competition and broadcasting.
- Sporting law in the EU
- Criminal liability (could also include corruption)
As you can see the topic encompass a wide range of other legal areas; it will be a challenging and diverse area of law to go into. Becoming a solicitor isn’t the only reason you should complete the masters; other employment options will also become open to you such as becoming an academic or even legal adviser to a team. Your work could genuinely have a tangible impact on future sporting legislation if you decide to become a (respected!) academic.