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Courses|College of Law

Sports and Entertainment Law

Course Number: 6910
Professor: Jacquelyn Bridgeman
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This class is designed to provide students with a broad overview and firm grounding in the many legal topics and issues that arise in the sports and entertainment law context.  Unique to sports law the course will review the legal and regulatory regimes governing high school, college, professional, and Olympic and International Sports.  In the entertainment context the course will explore legal and regulatory issues related to film, music, sound, television, cable, digital, publishing, and visual arts.  At the same time the course will explore topics that transcend both areas of law, including talent contracts, labor issues, agents, managers, copyright, trademark, torts, gender, and race issues. 

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: The course will meet once a week for an hour and 50 minutes. Class sessions will involve class discussion, simulations, problems and exercises to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in the types of negotiation and drafting they are likely to encounter in a sports and entertainment law practice.
Written AssignmentsThis course will require students to complete 3-4 short drafting assignments in conjunction with in-class simulations and exercises. Students will also be required to complete a final project consisting of 1) a short white paper; 2) an op-ed; 3) an in-class presentation. Further information regarding these assignments will be provided in the class syllabus. There is no final or final paper option. This class will not allow students to satisfy the advanced writing requirement.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance:  The basis for student grades will be 1) class participation and preparedness; 2) performance on the short drafting assignments; 3) performance on the final project..
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