The Tulane Law School Sports Law Program, directed by Professor Gabe Feldman, provides students with an unparalleled academic and extracurricular experience necessary to understand and handle problems unique to the sports industry. Tulane Law School is the first law school in the country to offer a certificate of specialization in sports law for JD students, and it has taken the lead to create a program that will enable students to understand and deal with the challenging legal and business problems regularly confronting the sports industry.
The Sports Law Program at Tulane Law School extends far beyond the classroom. The program has many different components, each designed to give students the opportunity to learn, experience, discuss and debate the application of law to the sports industry and to pursue a career in sports law. The combination of academic studies, networking and practical training helps students hone the skills necessary to succeed during internships and professional opportunities in the sports industry.
Opportunities Outside the Classroom Include:
Sports Lawyers Journal - The Sports Lawyers Journal is a national legal journal edited by Tulane Law students and published by the Sports Lawyers Association. First published in 1993, the Journal has enjoyed impressive success as the most widely read legal sports journal in the country. Under the guidance of Professor Gabe Feldman, Tulane Law students entering their second or third year are selected for staff membership each year based on their performance in a writing competition.
National Baseball Arbitration Competition - The annual Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the salary arbitration procedures used by Major League Baseball. Like most law school moot court competitions, the National Baseball Arbitration Competition's main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. However, the competition is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings. Additionally, at the conclusion of the arbitration competition the Sports Law Society hosts a panel of experts to discuss current issues in the industry and discuss their varied career paths. The competition offers students a truly unique opportunity to learn from and network with judges from various backgrounds within Major League Baseball. These include operations personnel from various MLB Clubs, members of the Commissioner’s Office, the MLBPA, various agents, and a variety of sports lawyers from across the country.
Professional Football Contract Negotiation Competition - The Tulane Pro Football Negotiation Competition, run by the Sports Law Society, is a simulated contract negotiation competition modeled after the Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition. The Tulane Pro Football Negotiation Competition’s main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral advocacy skills within the context of an NFL Club and Player contract negotiation. The competition provides Tulane students the opportunity to network with their peers in the industry, as well as with professionals within the industry who serve as judges.
Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition - The only annual moot court competition in the country that focuses on contemporary legal problems confronting the sports industry. The final round of the moot court competition is judged by a panel of “celebrity” judges. In the past, these judges have included Don Fehr, Executive Director of the NHL Players Association, Richard Berthelson, General Counsel of the NFL Players Association, Stan Kasten, Former President of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals, Andrew Brandt, ESPN Business Analysis and Lecturer at Wharton Sports Business Initiative, and many others.
Speaker Events - Throughout the year the Sports Law Society organizes and plans for various experts in the sports industry to speak to students about the industry, their work, and their career paths. These events provide invaluable insights into the wide range of possibilities for students to use their law degree in the growing sports industry. Past speakers include:
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association
Greg Byrne, Athletic Director, University of Alabama
Mike Alden, Athletic Director, University of Missouri
Aileen Dagrosa, General Counsel, Philadelphia Eagles
David Cohen, General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rich Eisen, NFL Network
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Kobie Conner, Vice President of Business Affairs, Twentieth Century Fox
Nona Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Arizona Diamondbacks
Dean Lombardi, General Manager, Los Angeles Kings
Internships - Tulane has developed an innovative way to virtually connect its students with even more opportunities throughout the sports industry. Tulane Law students are able to work as interns from their own computer on their own schedules while still gaining valuable experience and expanding their networks. Students have already added value to the San Antonio Spurs, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, and the NBA Retired Players Association while more and more organizations join the program every year.
Alumni Network - Graduates of the Sports Law Program are employed at myriad organizations across the sports industry. Tulane’s ever growing network of engaging and supportive alumni enables students to connect with and learn from those on the cutting edge of the industry. Organizations employing Tulane alumni include:
Los Angeles Angels Seattle Seahawks
Houston Astros Duke University Athletics
Brooklyn Nets Fox Sports Interactive
Philadelphia Eagles San Antonio Spurs
Chicago Bears Boston College
Green Bay Packers Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nike
Roc Nation Princeton University Athletics