The Tulane Law School Sports Law Program, directed by Professor Gabe Feldman, is the finest of its kind in the United States and provides students with an unparalleled academic and extracurricular experience. 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 empowers students to master 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, research, 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.
But the purpose of our sports law program is not just to lead our graduates immediately into careers in the sports industry. The application of law to sports provides the opportunity to not only train bright future sports lawyers but also the best and brightest lawyers in any field. Because sports law has a long reach into many substantive areas of law it is ideal to introduce students to a variety of subject matters in a manner that is both exciting and familiar. In this sense, the Sports Law Program is a microcosm of the Center for Sport. The application of an academic discipline to sports enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter as well as open their minds to opportunities they never thought possible.
The Sports Law Society is at the heart of what makes the Sports Law Program great. This student-organized and operated group is crucial in coordinating a variety of events each semester including guest speakers, career workshops, volunteer opportunities, and sports law competitions. Additionally, the Society organizes several interest groups where students gather together for roundtable discussions designed to connect classmates who share their specific interests in sports law.
The Sports Law Certificate is the foundation of the Sports Law Program and allows students to earn a certificate of specialization in sports law. Certificate requirements include courses on antitrust, labor law, intellectual property, and two classes taught by Professor Feldman focused exclusively on sports law.
The Tulane Sports Law Speaker Series is the premier extracurricular offering in the Program. It brings high-profile experts to campus throughout the year for lively discussions, invigorating exchanges of ideas, and robust debates on important topics affecting the growing and continuously evolving sports industry.
The Series gives Tulane students an insider’s view into the complex nature of the industry and challenges them to think and learn in ways that are difficult to replicate in a classroom setting. Furthermore, by bringing in experts from across the industry with varied and distinct backgrounds students can build a mental bridge between their areas of academic study and potential careers.
In 2017, the highlight of the Speaker Series was NBA All-Star weekend. Tulane hosted twenty-three experts from across the basketball spectrum. General managers, vice presidents, former players, general counsel, scouts, agents, and journalists all convened to share their wisdom, experience, and advice with students. The speakers included:
In the past decade, the Speaker Series has brought the following sports VIPs to Tulane:
Each year, the Tulane Sports Law program hosts three elite legal competitions designed to enhance student’s written and oral advocacy skills and connect them with experts in the field.
Each of these competitions is judged by experts in their respective fields. And often feature panels following the competition where judges discuss current issues in the industry and share career advice. Executives from teams, clubs, league and player association offices, as well as agents, and a variety of sports lawyers all lend their knowledge and experience to make these competitions truly unique. While the fierce competition hones students' skills, built in networking events give students the opportunity to connect with and gain invaluable insight from the best and brightest minds in the industry.
An important skill in any career, but particularly a legal career, is the ability to write clearly and persuasively. The Tulane Sports Law Program provides three opportunities for students to sharpen their writing skills outside of a classroom.
The opportunity for experiential learning and networking is a crucial aspect of any elite academic program. The sports industry is a difficult field to break into. Which is why the Tulane Sports Law Program is constantly developing creative opportunities for students to connect with future employers and to obtain experience that enhances what they’ve learned in the classroom.
The Tulane Sports Law Program appreciates the importance of engaging with the New Orleans community to amplify awareness and promote progress. As part of its mission to harness the power of sport to inspire positive social change, Tulane has partnered with Major League Baseball’s New Orleans Urban Youth Academy and New Orleans Unified Special Olympics.