Students must choose between two concentration streams, one in Sports Law and the other Entertainment Law. Each stream comprises two courses for a total of four credits. Students can also elect to take an additional 2-credit course for an additional fee. Independent study opportunities are also available. The courses will 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 the three weeks of coursework, up to fifteen (15) students will have the opportunity to participate in highly selective externships. The externships are 2-credits and last for nine weeks (approximately 15-20 hours per week.) Decisions about externship assignments will be made after the second-week of coursework. The externships commence at the end of the coursework portion of the Academy (June 3, 2013.). The anticipated externships will be sponsored by various high-profile sports and entertainment institutions, in conjunction with Cleveland State University School of Law.