Great Lakes

Sports and Entertainment

Law Academy


A Joint Program From:

CM Law Case Western Reserve
Apply by May 13, 2016*

       * Preferred application date: April 1

The application deadline is May 13, 2016, and students are recommended to submit their applications as soon as possible. Students requesting summer housing must submit applications by April 15 to guaranteed housing availability. Because enrollment is limited, we recommend applicants apply early. To apply, click the "Apply Now" button to the right and complete the online registration form. Upon acceptance into the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy a non-refundable deposit must be submitted within 14 days.

Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138,
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Admission to the three-week coursework session of the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy is open on a first-come, first-selected basis to any law student in good academic standing as determined by their home school and who at the time of the Academy program will have completed the first year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. Notification of acceptance will begin after March 1, 2016. A deposit will be required upon admittance with the balance of your tuition to be paid by May 13, 2016.

In addition to attending the academy in-person, hosted on the campus of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, GLSELA students may choose to complete the courses online asynchronously or synchronously, through video sessions. The course’s special lectures will also be made available through the distance learning platform, making the academy’s law courses among the few throughout the country available entirely online.  Students will be asked to specify their intended means of participating in the course on the application.

Housing is available throughout the GLSELA on the Cleveland State University campus. Housing costs are separate, and housing must be reserved no later than April 15. For more information, request housing when making your application and further details will be provided.

To Apply for an Externship
Externships are highly competitive, but offer a tremendously rewarding experience. Externship opportunities are available to up to fifteen (15) students who satisfactorily complete two courses during the three-week coursework portion of the Academy. Please specify on your application if you are interested in an entertainment law or sports law externship.
Prioritize on the application form a general area of interest among:
  • The three major league sports (i.e., football, baseball, and basketball)
  • Event planning
  • Sports management
  • Player representation or agency work

Submit a written response to a Sports Law Problem. The Sports Law Problem will be available at

A one paragraph Statement of Interest expressing any pre-qualification experiences

Submit a resume

Applicants must upload and submit the aforementioned materials no later than April 30, 2015. Acceptance decisions to the externship program will be made after the second week of coursework. Externship tuition is due upon student?s acceptance. Faculty will do their best to match selected applicants with an externship sponsor consistent with the applicant's preferences.
Policy of nondiscrimination
It is the policy of Cleveland State University Cleveland Marshall College of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law to provide equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including faculty, other employees, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. All facilities used in the academy are handicap accessible.
The GLSELA is an invaluable experience to any student interested in pursuing a career in sports or entertainment. The in-class environment is engaging and collaborative, and the networking and externship opportunities are unlike anything offered in the traditional law school setting. It would be a mistake to not take advantage of this program.
-Matthew Schaefer
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, JD/MBA 2013