International and Comparative Sports Law, LL.M.

25 Credits
School of Law
Queens Campus

Overview

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year (and pending final approval by New York State Education Department), St. John’s Law School will be offering an LL.M. in Sports Law Program as a St. John’s-only degree.

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

The ISDE/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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Courses

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Admission

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.

Eligibility
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.

English Proficiency Tests
Because of the nature of the LL.M. 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.

Learn more about these requirements on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

American Legal Education
Introduction to American Legal Education is an intensive five-week summer course designed for students entering St. John’s LL.M. programs who are not native English speakers.  The course’s aim is to familiarize these students with the U.S. legal system and its vocabulary, thereby enabling them to participate more effectively in their studies in the LL.M. Program. 

Learn more about the summer course on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

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 2015-16 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:

Read the full list of application requirements on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

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
sportslaw@stjohns.edu

Iciar Murillo Cruz
Office of Transnational Programs
murilloi@stjohns.edu
718-990-6769

Jeffrey K. Walker
Associate Dean for Transnational Programs
walkerj@stjohns.edu
718-990-8335

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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