Arizona State adds LL.M. and MLS in sports law

Arizona State University is launching two new degrees in sports law and business, one for attorneys and one for non-attorneys.

The new Master of Legal Studies, a degree for non-attorneys, and an LL.M. are a collaboration between the university’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and W.P. Carey School of Business, and will encompass classes from both fields of study.

Professor Rodney K. Smith, director of the new programs, believes students will come away with a unique perspective on the sports world.

 “I’ve worked in the sports law field for three decades and can see we need professionals who have training in both law and business to help work on regulatory and revenue issues in the sports industry,” Smith said in a statement. “I don’t know of any other program in the country that offers a master’s degree like this with just a single, intensive year of study.”

The courses will focus on industry issues such as contract negotiations, player unionization, and stadium development, and could possibly include externships with professional sports teams or sports law firms. The school hopes to host several big-name speakers for the program as well.

The degrees will be available starting this fall, alongside a new JD concentration in sports law and business.