Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, St. John’s Law School will be offering an LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice Program as a St. John’s-only degree. This Degree has been approved by the New York State Education Department.
The LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice for American and Foreign Attorneys is a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S, based at St. John's School of Law. 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 professionals from all around the globe 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 St. John's LL.M. program in International Sports Law Practice 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 MLB New York Yankees and the Mets, the NFL Jets and Giants, the NBA Knicks and Nets, the MLS Red Bulls and New York City FC 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.
Admission to the LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice 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.
English Proficiency Tests
Because of the nature of the LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice, 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.
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.
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