Sports and Entertainment Law

Sports and Entertainment LawWhy Miami for Entertainment & Sports Law?

Miami and South Florida are centers of music, film, media, sports and arts fueled by an influx of international ideas where law students can gain hands-on learning from industry experts in our city which is the pivot point between the Americas and Europe.

• Miami is home to all major professional sports teams, and is a hub for TV, film, and the Hispanic media industry.
• For international arts, Miami boasts everything from Ultra Music Festival to Miami City Ballet to Art Basel to Perez Art Museum.
Latin American media headquarters for Fortune 500 corporations, including HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery Networks, Sony, Disney, ESPN, Telemundo, Viacom and Univision are in Miami.

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What Does it Mean to Practice Sports, Arts or Entertainment Law?

In this online chat for prospective students, expert Miami Law faculty Steven UriceHarold Flegelman and Peter Carfagna, give an overview of what it  means to practice in the sports, entertainment or arts law fields.

In essence, though "entertainment law," "arts law," and “sports law” may sound niche, they are actually broad industries crossing many areas of law and require lawyers to have a wide range of legal expertise to represent their clients effectively.

Although many consider intellectual property law as the core of law practice in these areas, contracts, labor, antitrust, tax, media law, real estate, estate planning, immigration and litigation can also come into play.

Course Offerings in these Areas

Miami Law offers a unique blend of both subject-specific and broader courses that prepare our students for employment in these fields. Some of these courses/seminars/workshops Miami Law offers include:

  • Representing a Professional Sports Franchise
  • Media Distribution
  • Media & Entertainment in the Digital Age
  • Art Law
  • Collective Bargaining in Entertainment/Sports
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law: TV and Motion Pictures
  • Sports Law
  • Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements
  • Trademark Law
  • Negotiating and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment
  • International Sports Law
  • Museum Law
  • Representing the Pre-Professional Athlete
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Media Law
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Social Media and Online Liability
  • Motion Picture Financing
  • Artist-Endowed Foundations

Joint Degree Options & Honors Early Admission

Joint JD/LLM in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
The University of Miami School of Law is the only law school in the world that offers a combined J.D./LL.M. joint degree program focused on the entertainment, arts and sports industries (EASL). This program responds directly to the increasing need for lawyers who are prepared immediately to practice as these areas continue to expand, intersect and converge. 

Honors Early Admission for Prospective Law Students
The J.D./LL.M. program may offer early acceptance to J.D. candidates with very strong credentials and relevant experience/demonstrated interest. J.D. applicants who indicate an interest in these fields may be contacted for entry into the EASL program’s "Honors/Early Admission Track," and if accepted it would enable completing the J.D. and the LL.M. with only one extra term of study.  If interested, be sure to select "JD/LLM: Entertainment, Arts, Sports Law" joint degree as an area of interest on the J.D. application.

Joint JD/Masters program in Music Business
Miami Law also offers the unique joint degree – the J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries – the first of its kind in the country with the University of Miami's Frost School of Music ranked as one of the top music business schools by Billboard Magazine

Joint J.D./Masters program in LIve Performance Management
For those interested more in the concert and performance arenas, there is the J.D./M.A. – Master in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management with the Frost School of Music

Expert Faculty

Resident and visiting professors have come to Miami Law to teach unique courses in the areas of Sports and Entertainment, and many faculty also teach in the graduate LL.M. program. Some courses have included:

  • "Negotiation and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment" taught by Harold Flegelman
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements" taught by Peter Carfagna
  • "Legal Aspects of Content Production in Latin America" taught by Hernán Pantaleón 
  • "Intercollegiate Athletics: Law, Policy and Regulatory Landscape" taught by Oliver Luck

In the News: Alumni & Students in Entertainment and Sports Law

billboard magazine logoBillboard Named University of Miami Law a Leading Music Law School in 2019 and in 2017
Sports Law Classes with Peter Carfagna – Hands-on Experience for JD and LLM Students
Student Wins The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative
Three Alumni Embrace the Pigskin
Recent Graduate Promotes the Arts at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Having Found Gold in Hollywood, Alumnus Fred Goldring Tells Us How
Laurie Silvers, Founder of the SyFy Channel, graduated from Miami Law in '77. 

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International Study: Global Sports and Entertainment Law Course 

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Offered in conjunction with the Madrid-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE), a leader in legal education, Miami Law offers a course for law students and professionals who are interested in broadening their understanding of the global sports and entertainment industries and provides an understanding of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and the international entertainment and sports law landscapes.

Student Organization: Entertainment & Sports Law Society

Sports and Entertainment law society students at stadium

One of the most active student organizations on Miami Law's campus is the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. In 1997, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosted its first Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. Since then, the Conference has grown into a full-scale event where law students and professionals take part in a forum to discuss current legal issues in sports, entertainment, intellectual property, the arts, and the media.

Annual Global Entertainment + Sports Conference

The University of Miami School of Law, with its Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and the University of Miami School of Education & Human Development, with its Sport Administration Program offer this unique event featuring two separate conferences that take advantage of the combined expertise in the overlapping areas affecting both law and business. In 2016 the event was held in partnership with the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, bringing to campus two days of panels featuring cutting-edge issues in sports and entertainment. Keynote speakers included: Marc Trestman, Miami Law graduate and Offensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, Tom McMillen, CEO and President of the NCAA Athletics Directors Association and former U.S. Congressman ad NBA Play, and Peter Dekom, a prominent entertainment attorney from Los Angeles. The partnership between the ABA and Miami Law School is to continue for forthcoming symposia.

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