Calling all undergraduates and others interested in Sports Law and earning a Juris Doctor. The University of Baltimore School of Law has decided to create a new institute specifically focused on law and sports.
At Thursday’s Rookie To Retirement sports law symposium, the school’s Dean, Phillip Closius, made the announcement as many great agents, faculty and students were present. The law school will team up with local sports organizations to offer more exclusive internships and externships to students who want to focus on sports law after graduation. More sports law classes will be offered by the school. The school is even discussing the chance of a joint law degree, JD/MBA certificate program, in sports law. No official date was mentioned, but the institute sounds like it will become a reality very soon.
The UB Sports Institute program will be constructed with the guidance of some great agents in the industry. Tom Condon, a ’81 UB law graduate, along with other Creative Artists Agency representatives will serve on the institute’s advisory board. The institute will work closely with the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens organizations, giving students a hands-on education and internship opportunities.
The Institute sounds like a great idea that other big name law schools need to mimic. If you do not attend Yale or Harvard, the connections you build while in law school are what is most important, especially in sports law. The sports industry is a very volatile industry that is hard to break into if you do not already have your foot in the door. The education and connections from a sports law institute such as this could be a HUGE advantage to anyone looking to get in the industry.