Miami Law Sports and Entertainment Law concentration

Sports and Entertainment Law

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The entertainment and sports fields hold many opportunities for attorneys in Miami and across the country. We have 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 include:

  • Art and Entertainment Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Law and the Media
  • Sports Law
  • Sports and the Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights, Economic Justice and Independent Media
  • Internet Software & Intellectual Property
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • The Olympic Games and the Law
  • Entertainment Law: Theater and Venue Contracts

LL.M., Joint Degrees & Relevant Courses

There is a growing need for lawyers with specific expertise in the expanding and intersecting worlds of entertainment, arts and sports. In response to this trend, the University of Miami School of Law is offers a unique LL.M. in the areas of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law.

We also offer the unique joint degree – the J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries – the first of its kind in the country as well as the J.D./M.A. – Master in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management.

We have also had visiting professors teach unique courses in the areas of Entertainment Law and The Art of the Deal: Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog taught by Harold Flegelman in addition to adjunct Professor David Nimmer's Applied Topics in Advanced Music Copyright Law and Nicholas La Terza's course in Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television.

Other top adjunct professors have included: David Samson - President of the Miami Marlins; Jil Pilgrim - a prominent sports and entertainment lawyer; Peter Carfagna - Senior Counsel for Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, in Cleveland, one of the preeminent Sports Law firms in the country; and Derek Jackson - Vice President and General Counsel for the Miami Marlins.

Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Conference

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.

The 2013 16th annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference was held at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Some top-name panelists included attorney Paul Anderson, who litigates on behalf of former National Football League players; Billy Corben, a filmmaker who produced "The U" and "Broke;" Serona Elton, an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music; Sandy York, General Counsel for the Ultra Music Festival.

In 2012, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society co-hosted its 15th annual conference, along with the Miami Marlins, at the new Marlins Park. 31 panelists and more than 130 students and professionals spoke on a host of matters in the field of sports and entertainment law, including protecting a client's image, leveraging social media, and the changing landscape of copyright law.

Moot Competitions - Sports Arbitration Experts

In 2014, Miami Law’s moot team advanced to the semifinals of the Tulane Law’s Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition, finishing with a 4-1 record.

In 2014 the team of Jenna Winchester and James Sadler, both 3Ls, finished in the top 4 out of 31 teams in the 19th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational.

In 2013, a team comprised of second-year Miami Law students Ryan Appel and Mitchell Retelny came in fourth place, out of 40 teams from around the country, in the 6th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University in New Orleans.

And in 2011, a team from Miami Law won the National Baseball Arbitration Competition, beating out 33 other teams from law schools including Harvard, Fordham, University of Notre Dame, Duke, and Tulane. And in 2012, Miami Law students came in fourth place, out of 40 teams from around the country, in the competition. Read more.


Laurie Silvers, Founder of the SyFy Channel, graduated from Miami Law in '77.

Having Found Gold in Hollywood, Alumnus Fred Goldring Tells Us How. Read more.

Entertainment Lawyer, Richard Rappaport, JD '73, Warns Students Interested in the Field to Never Let Clients Dictate Behavior. Read more.


Watch videos of Miami Law Students Discuss Hands-On Experiences in the Sports-Entertainment Law Field

Hear Ryan Appel, JD ’14 discuss his legal externship with the Miami Dolphins.

Hear Lauren Spahn, JD '13, discuss her summer work experience at Warner Music Latina in Miami, FL and ADG Live in West Palm Beach, FL.

Third-year student Matt Givens explains how UM alumni helped him obtain a clerkship in the entertainment industry.