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Monday, February 05, 2007
Marquette University Law School to Offer LL.M. in Sports Law

Marquette University Law School, which has an outstanding sports law program (including the National Sports Law Institute, the Marquette Sports Law Review, a certificate in sports law, and an excellent group of sports law professors), is pleased to announce that, starting in August 2007, it will offer an LL.M. in Sports Law for those with a bachelor of laws degree (LL.B.) or comparable first law degree from a degree-granting institution outside of the United States.

Detailed information about this unique program is available here, and the school's press release is below. Congratulations to Matt Mitten, Gordon Hylton, Patricia Cervanka, Paul Anderson, and all of the other distinguished sports law faculty at Marquette.


Marquette Law to offer first master's degree in Sports Law

Released: Feb. 5, 2007

MILWAUKEE – International legal scholars will now be able to attend the first and only graduate Sports Law program in the United States as Marquette University Law School offers its new Master of Laws in Sports Law degree beginning in fall 2007. The program, offered in conjunction with Marquette’s internationally renowned National Sports Law Institute, will provide lawyers trained at foreign law schools with a theoretical and practical education concerning the legal regulation of amateur, professional and Olympic sports industries.

“Sports competition has become global in nature, with foreign-born athletes competing in American sports, American athletes competing on teams throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and other nations, and new media technology enabling local sporting events to be viewed by a world-wide audience,” said Joseph D. Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School. “The growing internationalization and visibility of sports has made it essential that lawyers both in America and throughout the world are trained in the specific legal issues relevant to the sports industry.”

Marquette Law’s new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sports Law degree will serve an emerging demand for American legal education from international students. According to the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar, more than one-half of all students in American LL.M. programs are graduates of foreign law programs. Interest in Marquette’s new program has already been strong, with lawyers and scholars from nations as varied as India, Japan, Poland, Sweden and Belgium expressing significant enthusiasm. The LL.M. degree will require students to complete a minimum of 22 credit hours during a nine-month period of academic residence at Marquette Law School. The curriculum includes courses in professional and amateur sports law, and will culminate in a major research paper on an international or comparative sports law topic. Elective courses will cover areas such as civil litigation and dispute resolution, business and commercial law, employment law, and intellectual property.

Marquette offers the nation’s most comprehensive Sports Law curriculum, which attracts J.D. students from throughout the country. Marquette Law students in the J.D. program can earn a Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports Law Institute. The new LL.M. program makes Marquette’s Sports Law curriculum available to lawyers who have earned a law degree from an accredited foreign law school.

Professor Matt Mitten is the director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette Law School. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a new graduate program that will provide a solid foundation in Sports Law for foreign-trained attorneys and a forum in which American and international law students can learn from each other. All of our students will gain from the cross-cultural learning environment this program will foster,” he said.

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