International and Comparative Sports Law, LL.M.

25 Credits
School of Law
Queens Campus


The LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law for American and Foreign Attorneys is a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S, based at St. John's School of Law. Jointly offered by St. John’s School of Law and the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE), a distinguished European law faculty in Madrid, Spain, this program is designed for attorneys with a passion for sports and a clear desire to practice in this rewarding global legal specialty.

Taught by the international sporting community’s top lawyers, agents, and managers, the program unites two of the globe’s great sporting communities – New York and Madrid – giving you access to the top talent in both U.S. and international sports law. You will engage in a unique course of study consisting of a semester of highly focused and intensive academic courses at St. John’s New York City campus and a semester working full-time in a practice placement with a sports law firm, agency, team, league or regulatory body, either in the U.S. or overseas.   

Through this combination of engaging classroom and experiential learning, doors will open to the exciting global sports law profession and you will thoroughly prepare yourself for the challenges and rewards of a thriving career in this arena.

A Great Sporting University in a Legendary Sports City

TheISDE/St. John's LL.M. program in International and Comparative Sports Law is based at St. John’s School of Law, situated on St. John’s University’s scenic campus in Queens, the most culturally diverse, ethnically rich and financially accessible of New York City’s five boroughs. 

One of the founding members of the venerable Big East athletic conference, St. John’s University is a storied sporting university. Our Red Storm men’s basketball team has their home court at Madison Square Garden, one of the most famous sports venues in the world. They bring all the thrill of NCAA Division I sports to the University. Adding to the excitement, St. John’s consistently fields top men’s and women’s teams in soccer (1996 national champions), lacrosse, baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball and fencing.

And of course, New York City is home to one of the most storied sports teams in history, the New York Yankees, as well as the MLB Mets, the NFL Jets and Giants, the NBA Knicks and Nets, the MLS Red Bulls and the NHL Rangers and Islanders. New York is also home of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship and the final race of horseracing’s Triple Crown held at Belmont Park.   

To learn more about the ISDE/St. John's LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law, please contact us.


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Admission to the LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law program at St. John’s School of Law is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship as well as professional achievements will be considered. The LL.M. Program is designed to have a limited enrollment in order to enrich the quality of the experience for each LL.M. candidate.

Any American or foreign law school graduate holding a first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school or a foreign law school recognized in the country where founded and located.

Tests (English proficiency)
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in International and Comparative Sports Law, it is essential that all students have a high level of comprehension and oral and written expression in the English language. Foreign graduates (other than students from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test prior to applying.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Requirements
Minimum score required

  • 600 paper-based score
  • 250 computer-based score
  • 100 Internet-Based

In addition, the following minimum scores are required

  • 5 TWE (Test of Written English) component
  • 26 Reading and listening subsections
  • 22 Writing subsection of the IBT (internet-based test)

The TOEFL score report codes for St. John’s Law School are 2799 for the institution and 03 for the department. Applicants should contact:

P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6155
Telephone: (609) 921-9000
P.O. Box 1109,
6801 BC Arnhem,
The Netherlands, 31263521577

All TOEFL scores are to be sent to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) as indicated on the LSAC website.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Requirements
Foreign law school graduates may alternatively decide to take the IELTS test. There is no preference for one over the other. The minimum score required is 7.0

For additional information applicants should contact:

IELTS International
825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90041
P (323) 255-2771
F (323) 255-1261

The TOEFL or the IELTS must be taken before submitting the application. Please note that we are unable to accept scores that are 2 or more years old.

American Legal English Intensive Program
Students are encouraged to take our Intensive American Legal English Program conducted by Professor Bob Ruescher. Students with TOEFL scores of 85 – 99 may at our discretion be admitted on condition that they enroll in and successfully complete the Advanced Legal English course at St. John’s School of Law. The program begins Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and ends Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and runs Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Apply Now for International and Comparative Sports Law LLM

The LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law is designed for recent graduates with a first degree in law from a U.S. or foreign law school with a passion for sports and a desire for a career in this challenging field. In order to complete the application process, prospective LL.M. students must apply by completing and returning our application forms directly to:

St. John's University
School of Law
Office of Transnational Programs
Suite 301
Queens, N.Y. 11439

Prospective students can now download the 2014-15 application forms for the LL.M. Program in International and Comparative Sports Law.

Prospective LL.M. students may apply to the program two ways:

  1. Online at  Law School Admission Council (LSAC), or,
  2. By completing and returning the following forms.

Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your application:

Please mail application and forms to:

St. John's University
School of Law
Office of Transnational Programs
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, N.Y. 11439

Copies of Application Materials
Please retain copies of all correspondence for your records. All application materials submitted become the property of St. John's School of Law and cannot be returned. Include your social security number or Visa number if applicable on any information submitted in connection with your application.

Special Mail Deliveries
For all packages sent via express services that require a signature, please include instructions that the package is to be delivered to Suite 3-01 of the Law School. Packages can only be accepted Monday through Friday.

While completing the application, read and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD). This fee is not credited toward the payment of the tuition should the applicant be accepted.

Methods of Payment
You may pay by check payable to St. John's University, by credit card or with an international money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to St. John’s University in U.S. dollars. Please do not send cash.

Any applicant who has applied within the previous two years may submit a letter requesting that his or her application be re-activated. You need not submit a second application fee.

With your documentation, please provide an updated resume.

Two (2) Recommendation Letters
These letters should be provided by someone who knows your professional skills and legal abilities. A law professor, a law firm partner or a work supervisor can be excellent references.

Writing sample
Please provide a writing sample of not less than 250 words.

Personal Statement
Please provide a personal statement (of any length) explaining the following:

  • How did you obtain information about St. John’s School of Law and about the LL.M. Program in International and Comparative Sports Law?
  • Why you are interested in this LL.M. program?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • How do you intend to pursue your goals?
  • How would you like to develop your career after graduation?

Transcipts must be either submitted to the Office of Transnational Programs for review.  If the transcripts are not already in English, an English translation must be provided.

Personal Interview
Please note that a personal or telephone interview during the admission procedure is required and will be scheduled by the Office of Transnational Programs. Be sure to submit accurate contact information.

For additional information about program admission, please contact us.

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Additional Information

We welcome your inquiries about the LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law program at St. John’s School of Law.

General Inquiries

Itziar Murillo Cruz
Assistant LL.M. Program Director, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE)

Jeffrey K. Walker
Associate Dean for Transnational Programs

Our Faculty

The LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law program faculty comprises authors of several volumes on sports subjects, an international litigator and a former counsel from the MLB Players Association― each with years of teaching experience ―augmented by full-time faculty and top practicing attorneys serving as adjunct professors and visiting lecturers. The program faculty includes:

Efraim BarakDr. Reiner Martens
Jeffrey BenzEttore Mazzilli
Michele BernasconiRiche McKnight
Cristina A. CarvalhoJeffrey A. Mishkin
Walter T. Champion, Jr.Lou Melendez
Benjamin CohenMarcos Motta
Brian M. CooperDaniel F. Mullin
Ricardo de BuenOmar Ongaro
Juan de Dios CrespoBill Ordower
Anthony DreyerKatarina Pijetlovic
Lucas FerrerJill Pilgrim
Hilary FordeMikhail Prokopets
Gary GertzogJay K. Reisinger
Jeffrey B. GewirtzJulien Sieveking
Elayne GreenbergM. Quentin Williams
Carlos KuriGlenn M. Wong
Andrew LatackVered N. Yakovee
Oliver LuckDon Zevelo
Dan MalaskyAdam Zissman
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