As the amateur and professional sports industry grows in the US and around the world, there is increasing need for professionals with specific expertise in this field.
Sports law encompasses several legal areas. Depending on what clients need, sports lawyers may be expected to handle anything from criminal matters to contract disputes, estate planning to intellectual property issues.
Students take advantage of the many offerings in our sports law curriculum, ranging from broad survey courses to a hands-on mock NHL salary arbitration seminar and externship opportunities with local college athletic departments. Students research issues in sports law and contribute articles to the UB Law Sports & Entertainment Forum, which serves as an online community for law students and alumni who share an interest in these fields. Our vibrant Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society supports a variety of extracurricular activities, including UB Bulls tailgate events for sports aficionados, field trips, and other sports-related events throughout the year.
Coordinator: Helen "Nellie" Drew
The Sports Law Concentration requires 16 course credits. There are three required courses, totaling 9 credits, and three required electives, totaling 7 credits. The intensive research and writing course (LAW 722) will generally be taken in the final year of law school, and provide students a unique opportunity for independent, intensive research and writing into current topics in sports law.
Students pursuing the Sports Law Concentration are encouraged to apply for externships with the University at Buffalo and Daemen College athletic departments.