Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, is hosting the annual Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, a hands-on, immersive summer program for law school students. The Academy, founded in 2012, is located in Cleveland, Ohio, home to three professional sports franchises and thriving arts and musical institutions.
Academy students have the opportunity to experience practical lawyer training from world-class guest faculty, and compete for high-profile externships in the sports and entertainment industry.
Students choose between two concentration streams – Sports Law and Entertainment Law. Each stream comprises two courses and four total credits. Students may also elect to take an additional two-credit course for an additional fee. Independent study and distance learning opportunities are available. The courses focus on doctrine, drafting, and negotiation in the context of simulation-based exercises. Among other things, students will represent professional athletes in a simulated contract negotiation; counsel a professional sports franchise in negotiations with its host city; and provide legal advice to a professional musician, filmmaker or studio.
Following three weeks of coursework, up to fifteen (15) students will have the opportunity to participate in highly selective externships. The externships are two credits and last for nine weeks. The externships commence at the end of the coursework portion of the Academy. The anticipated externships will be sponsored by various high-profile sports and entertainment institutions, in conjunction with Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
The academy faculty is made up of world-class practitioners in the fields of sports and entertainment. Among the faculty are Grammy winners, television and movie studio executives, and the owner of a minor league professional sports franchise.
Academy students have the opportunity to experience practical lawyer training through simulation-based exercises that focus on doctrine, drafting and negotiation for professional athletes and entertainers, venues and franchises.
In addition to the hands-on classroom training, students are able to go on-site to several Cleveland-area attractions to learn first-hand about the agreements and legal regulations that affect their operations. Students participating in the 2015 Academy visited Progressive Field, Playhouse Square, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Classic Park. Lava Room Recording and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Accomplished Guest Speakers
Students are exposed to industry expertise through a series of guest speakers. Guest speakers at the 2015 academy included NFL Player Agent Erik Burhardt, Former MLB Pitcher and Fox Sports Broadcaster, Jensen Lewis, Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President Andrew Miller, and Cleveland State University Athletic Director John Parry
Students may elect to participate in highly selective externships reserved for academy graduates. GLSELA grads have externed with organizations including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SPIRE Institute, Vuguru Studios, Cleveland State University Athletic Department, Case Western Reserve University Athletic Department, Lake Erie College Athletic Department and Greater Cleveland Film Commission.
Additionally, students may conduct independent legal research, which in past years has been for the benefit of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and other sports and entertainment sponsors, under the guidance of the Academy co-directors.