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2010 Sports Law Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy

What could possibly be better than learning Sports Law during the day and having five course meals at night?  A few days ago, NFL agent and attorney, Ralph Cindrich, passed on some information about a Sports Law program he is participating in (as an instructor), which will be held in Florence, Italy this upcoming Summer.  It is being hosted by his law school alma mater, South Texas College of Law and will take place between June 27 and July 16.

A total of four credits are being offered, broken up into two classes: International Amateur Sports Law and International Professional Sports Law. These courses are an effective complement to the first year of law school study because they build on concepts learned in constitutional law, tort law, and contract law. They expose students to key differences between the European and North American models of professional and amateur sports, as well as the international legal environment of Olympic sports. These comparisons and contrasts allow students to gain a more nuanced understanding of the “globalization” of law.

Mr. Cindrich and Catherine Greene Burnett, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, will serve as the faculty. The courses have been approved by the American Bar Association. You must have completed at least one year of law school to be eligible for the program, which anticipates a student body of about 25 total.

More information, including the cost and the actual application for enrollment is provided in the embedded attachment below.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.