The mission of the Center for Sports Law and Policy (CSLP/Center) is to integrate Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Thomas Jefferson) with, and prepare its students for employment in, the growing sports industry. With its emphasis on both professional, amateur and international sports law and policy, its location in San Diego, and its involvement with the other centers of academic excellence at Thomas Jefferson, the Center is a major force in dealing with sports law and policy issues and preparing its students for involvement in the industry. Unlike any other center located at a Law School in the United States, the CSLP is committed, through the hosting of conferences and preparing of whitepapers, to helping find solutions to the major problems in the sports industry. As they are engaged in the work of the Center’s mission to help find viable solutions to the major problems confronting the sports industry in the 21st century, students learn skills as problem-solvers. Students participate in developing whitepapers, hosting conferences, competing and participating in law school competitions, specifically the CSLP-hosted National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, and studying sports law and policy in a curriculum specifically designed to emphasize problem-solving skills.
The CSLP hosts and organizes the annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in San Diego, California, every September.
Thomas Jefferson School Of Law
701 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Law and Policy
The CSLP is unique in its capacity to engage in research and study regarding sports law and policy related topics. Through the work of the CSLP, Thomas Jefferson is committed to being a leader in the study of sports law and policy issues. Sports are a major force in our economy and culture, but it is rarely studied in depth. In the United States, it has been reported that we spend more dollars on sports than on education. Our nation’s media also provide more time and space (coverage) for sports and sports-related issues than for other issues covered in education. If such issues are studied in disciplinary isolation (e.g., articles in legal or business journals), the analysis is inadequate. The issues do not arise in isolation, in a disciplinary sense, so effective study of those issues requires cross-disciplinary study and research. As a free-standing, non-profit law school, Thomas Jefferson is specially situated to build bridges with other major academic and professional entities and organizations throughout the world and is committed to doing so.
Students will be directly involved with faculty in hosting conferences, symposia and speakers. Students and faculty will also work jointly on projects and the generation of white-papers and other materials designed to contribute to improved policymaking in the sports law and policy area. With its recognition that policymaking and problem solving in the sports industry is by its very nature cross-disciplinary, students and faculty associated with the CSLP will work with those who are not necessarily lawyers within the industry to endeavor to find viable solutions to issues in the sports law and policy area.
The Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a Certificate to students who meet certain requirements.
The Following are the SEVEN (7) requirements to receive the Certificate in Sports Law & Policy (please see the ‘Program Overview and Requirements document on this page for details):
- Program Enrollment
- Substantial Writing
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Event Log
- The Certificate Application
List of Approved Center courses that apply toward the required classroom units:
Amateur Sports Law (2 units)
Introduction to Sports Law (2 units)
Professional Sports Law (2 units)
International Sports Law (2 units)
Infractions and Compliance (2 units)
Collective Bargaining in Professional Sports (2 units)
Race and Gender in Sports (2 units)
Introduction to the World of Sports Law (1 unit)
Counseling & Negotiation in the Sports Industry (1 unit)
Professional Sports Law & Use of Analytics (2 units)
Labor and Sports Law (2 units)
The Incorporation of Talent/Athletes into Merchandising (1 unit)
Trademark Clinic Seminar (2 units)
Entertainment Law Transactions (3 units)
Contracts Drafting (2 units)
Negotiation Theory & Skills (2-3 units)
Copyright Law (3 units)
ADR Competition Team (units vary)
Entertainment Law (3 units)
Law Practice Management (3 units)
Business Planning (3 units)
Client Interviewing and Counseling (2 units)
Labor Law (2-3 units)
Employment Law (3 units)
Celebrity Advertising (2 units)
Music Law (2-3 units)
Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Mediation, and Arbitration related courses (units vary)
*Other courses may be approved by the Director. Note that the availability of courses varies.
Helpful Informational links for Fellows and Prospective Students:
The CSLP is committed to being a leader nationally and internationally in the sports law and policy area. By providing students with an engaging and balanced curriculum and opportunities to be involved with leading lawyers and policymakers in the sports industry, the CSLP offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their legal education and interest in sports law and policy.
We encourage students to visit campus, attend classes, talk with students and faculty and see for themselves whether they would benefit from being associated with the CSLP, with its commitment to being a leader in the sports law and policy area.
Past Competitions, Conferences & Events
Center for Sports Law and Policy
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
September 22-24, 2017
Petco Park Guided Tour (November 2015)
Other Sports Organizations