St. John's University - LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice - New York, USA

Taught by the international sporting community’s top lawyers, agents, and managers, the program unites professionals from all around the globe giving you access to the top talent in both U.S. and international sports law. You will engage in a unique course of study consisting of a semester of highly focused and intensive academic courses at St. John’s New York City campus and a semester working full-time in a practice placement with a sports law firm, agency, team, league or regulatory body, either in the U.S. or overseas.   

Through this combination of engaging classroom and experiential learning, doors will open to the exciting global sports law profession and you will thoroughly prepare yourself for the challenges and rewards of a thriving career in this arena.

The International Sports Law Practice LL.M. is a rigorous two-semester 25-credit program that will be built around a core of new LL.M.-level classes focused on advanced topics in the law and business of professional and amateur sports and a second semester practicum placing students in a law firm or the legal office of a sports league, professional team, player's association, or collegiate team.

First Semester (from August to December) 13 credits

  • U.S. Sports Law - This will be the LL.M. program's overview course concerning U.S. regulatory and practice issues.  This course explores contemporary legal issues in intercollegiate, professional and Olympic sports.  It examines antitrust, contract, constitutional, gender discrimination, international and labor law issues.  A portion of the course will be devoted to the regulation of agents and the representation of professional athletes.
  • International and Comparative Sports Law - This course will be the LL.M. program's overview course concerning international and foreign jurisdiction, regulation, and practice issues.  Students will primarily focus on the regulation of sports in the U.K. and continental Europe, with an emphasis on soccer (football).
  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution for Sports -  This course will supplement the LL.M. general courses in sports law by building theoretical and practical approaches to deal negotiations and alternative dispute resolution in professional, Olympic, and inter-collegiate sports.  Students will be introduced to such techniques as business negotiations, conciliation, and arbitration in relation to sports law.  The course will be concerned with an exploration of factors underlying these methods of arriving at agreement as well as the ethical issues that arise in the ADR context.  Students will engage in simulated situations of dispute resolution which will be critiqued.
  • Advanced Topics in Sports Law -  This course serves two functions in the International and Comparative Sports Law curriculum: (a) it expands upon topics taught in the general course and introduces new areas of inquiry through the experience and expertise of adjunct professors who are leading practitioners, and (b) it begins the student's preparation for their master's thesis.

Second Semester (from January to April) 12 credits

  • Practicum -  Students will gain practice experience in sports law through work and study in a law office, sports league, team management office, collegiate athletics program, or other similar placement.  This semester-long, full-time, in-residence practicum exposes students to the daily practice of sports law.  Students will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced practitioners through day-to-day contact, informal mentoring, and regular tutorial sessions allowing students an opportunity for guided reflection of their work and research with experienced practitioners.
  • Drafting International Sports Law Documents - Students may submit to their on-site supervisor and LL.M. professor liaison inter alia memoranda of law, client letters, formal meeting minutes, foreign law summaries, case analyses, reports of investigation, staff summaries, background papers, or regulatory drafts.  The student will, at the completion of this course, have a portfolio of professional writing relevant to the work undertaken throughout their practicum.  This course is graded upon the quality of submitted written work.
  • International Sports Law Master's Thesis - The on-site practicum supervisor and LL.M. professional liaison will supervise this research. Students' research may be undertaken in conjunction with their assigned practicum duties, but the resulting research paper must meet all thesis requirements and will be evaluated at all stages by the LL.M. professor liaison.


  • Street: 8000 Utopia Parkway, Suite 301
  • Postcode: NY 11439
  • City: Queens
  • State: New York
  • Country: United States


  • Telephone: 001 718 990 3014
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  • Ettie Ward

    Ettie Ward

    Director, LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice Professor
    • 001 718-990-6017
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