When you hear someone say “sports lawyer” do you think Jerry Maguire? You’re not alone.
But sports agency isn’t the only sports-related career path for someone with a law
degree. In addition to representing athletes, sports lawyers represent coaches, universities,
collegiate conferences, professional athletic teams, players’ associations, and sports
arenas. They advise on employment and labor issues, licensing and sponsorship deals,
and advocate for policies that improve and regulate sports both globally and domestically.
They act as compliance and athletics ethics officers at universities, helping ensure
those entities maintain the integrity of their teams and events. Sports lawyers navigate
rapidly changing legal landscapes including sports betting and Name, Image, and Likeness
(“NIL”) rights for collegiate athletes. What is common to all these roles is that
they require attorneys to be nimble thinkers with core competencies in a wide array
of substantive areas including contract negotiation, antitrust law, labor law, intellectual
property law, and tax law.
Our alumni epitomize this unique array of skills and have gone on to exciting jobs
with the Golden State Warriors, the National Football League, the National Basketball
Association, the National Hockey League, university athletic departments, MetLife
Stadium, sports management agencies, investment firms focused on the sporting industry,
and law firms, to name just a few.
Seton Hall Law School is committed to providing students with the rigorous training
necessary to excel in the sports industry. In addition to our core courses, students
interested in sports law may take Sports Law and Transactions and Negotiations in
Sports Law, College Sports & the Law, and E-Sports Law and we are constantly reviewing
our curriculum to ensure that we are offering classes that not only give our students
the best foundation in this area, but that also reflect the newest developments in
The Entertainment and Sports Law Society (“ESLS”) is an entirely student-run group, dedicated to broadening students’ exposure to sports,
entertainment, gaming and hospitality law and to learn from and network with industry
professionals in these fields. The ESLS Executive Board and membership oversee the
annual Spring Sports Law Symposium and now monthly the Speaker Series, where prominent academics, practitioners, and
athletes discuss emerging issues in sports. The ESLS has also launched a Sports, Entertainment
& Gaming Law Blog designed to offer students innovative opportunities to write on
timely and important topics in the GHamES space and to begin building expertise relevant
areas. The ESLS also supports its members as they participate in negotiation competitions
which allow students to compete against teams from other law schools in mock contract
in a variety of sports settings.
"What sets Seton Hall Law apart from many other law schools is the caliber of its
faculty. During my time as a student, I learned from some of the sports and entertainment
industry’s heavy hitters still practicing in the industry today. Trademark and Copyright
with Frank Politano were two of my favorite classes. Karl Guthrie’s Entertainment
Law class was the closest thing you can get to the real entertainment world in a classroom
setting. And, finally, if anyone ever asks me how I learned to ‘throw elbows in the
paint’ when I negotiate, I tell them I owe it all to Judge Michael Shipp’s Advanced
Negotiation Skills!" Lisa Meyer ‘14
In 2022 the Symposium again brought together leading thinkers, leaders, and athletes
to discuss “Social Justice in Sports: How Social Justice Movements Will Shape the
Landscape of Sports in the Future.” Topics included transgender participation in athletics,
the rise of women in traditionally male-dominated roles in the industry, NIL rights
in collegiate athletics, and social justice in professional sports.
The ESLS has been instrumental in inviting prominent attorneys and industry leaders
to the Law School. Panelists and presenters have included leading attorneys in the
NIL space, NCAA hearing officers, entrepreneurs engaged in NFT and Blockchain technology,
and collegiate coaches. These discussions take place year-round and offer students
extraordinary networking opportunities as well as learning experiences.
In addition to the Sports, Entertainment & Gaming Law Blog , students may also compete
to become members of Seton Hall Law Review or Legislative Journal. Should they choose
to join a journal, students write comments based on an area of interest to them, including
issues in sports law.