Sports and Entertainment Law

Sports and Entertainment Law

The entertainment and sports fields hold many opportunities for attorneys in Miami and across the country. We have a unique blend of both subject-specific and broader courses that prepare our students for employment in these fields. Some of these courses/seminars/workshops include:

  • Art and Entertainment Law
  • Collective Bargaining in Entertainment/Sports
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law: TV and Motion Pictures
  • Sports Law
  • Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements
  • Negotiating and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment
  • International Sports Law
  • Museum Law
  • Representing the Pre-Professional Athlete
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Media Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights, Economic Justice and Independent Media
  • Internet Software & Intellectual Property

Graduate and Joint Degrees

The University of Miami School of Law is the only law school in the world that offers a combined J.D./LL.M. graduate degree program focused on the entertainment, arts and sports industries. This program responds directly to the increasing need for lawyers who are prepared immediately to practice as these areas continue to expand, intersect and converge. 

Miami Law also offers the unique joint degree – the J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries – the first of its kind in the country as well as the J.D./M.A. – Master in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management.

Relevant Short Courses

Visiting professors have come to Miami Law to teach unique courses in the areas of Sports and Entertainment. Some courses have included "Entertainment Law and The Art of the Deal: Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog" taught by Harold Flegelman, adjunct Professor David Nimmer taught "Applied Topics in Advanced Music Copyright Law," and Nicholas La Terza taught a course in "Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television."

Other top adjunct professors have included: David Samson - President of the Miami Marlins; Jil Pilgrim - a prominent sports and entertainment lawyer; Peter Carfagna - Senior Counsel for Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, in Cleveland, one of the preeminent Sports Law firms in the country; and Derek Jackson - Vice President and General Counsel for the Miami Marlins.

Sports Law Conference

In 1997, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosted its first Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. Since then, the Conference has grown into a full-scale event where law students and professionals take part in a forum to discuss current legal issues in sports, entertainment, intellectual property, the arts, and the media.

The 2013 16th annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium was held at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Some top-name panelists included attorney Paul Anderson, who litigates on behalf of former National Football League players; Billy Corben, a filmmaker who produced "The U" and "Broke"; Serona Elton, an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music; Sandy York, General Counsel for the Ultra Music Festival.

In 2012, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society co-hosted its 15th annual symposium, along with the Miami Marlins, at the new Marlins Park. 31 panelists and more than 130 students and professionals spoke on a host of matters in the field of sports and entertainment law, including protecting a client's image, leveraging social media, and the changing landscape of copyright law.

Moot Competitions - Sports Arbitration Experts

In 2014, Miami Law’s moot team advanced to the semifinals of the Tulane Law’s Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition, finishing with a 4-1 record.

In 2014 the team of Jenna Winchester and James Sadler, both 3Ls, finished in the top 4 out of 31 teams in the 19th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational.

In 2013, a team comprised of second-year Miami Law students Ryan Appel and Mitchell Retelny came in fourth place, out of 40 teams from around the country, in the 6th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University in New Orleans.

And in 2011, a team from Miami Law won the National Baseball Arbitration Competition, beating out 33 other teams from law schools including Harvard, Fordham, University of Notre Dame, Duke, and Tulane. And in 2012, Miami Law students came in fourth place, out of 40 teams from around the country, in the competition. 


Laurie Silvers, Founder of the SyFy Channel, graduated from Miami Law in '77.

Having Found Gold in Hollywood, Alumnus Fred Goldring Tells Us How

Dealing with High-Profile Clients, Athletes, Musicians and Journalists; Tips from Entertainment and Sports Law Panels


Watch videos of Miami Law students discuss hands-on experiences in the sports-entertainment law field:

Hear Ryan Appel, JD ’14 discuss his legal externship with the Miami Dolphins.
Embedded Video

Hear Lauren Spahn, JD '13, discuss her summer work experience at Warner Music Latina in Miami, FL and ADG Live in West Palm Beach, FL.
Embedded Video

Third-year student Matt Givens explains how UM alumni helped him obtain a clerkship in the entertainment industry.
Embedded Video