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Sports Law and Practice Course: Master of Laws (LLM)

Customise your own course with this fully flexible programme

Course start date: 15th September 2017 (Application deadline: 8th September 2017). Delivered by tutored distance learning

De Montfort University

This unique programme in Sports Law and Practice will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating sport
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programme
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the 'accelerated route' and complete the LLM in 15 months

Find out more on the course prospectus.

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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which take place on 15th-17th September 2017, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2017 through to the end of December 2017 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2018, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2019, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of sports law.

See this year's modules.

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

Core Module

Foundations of Sports Law and the Sports Regulatory Regime

 

Optional Modules

15 Credit Modules:

  • Sports Governance
  • Representing the Athlete/Player
  • Event Management
  • The Sports Participant and the Courts
  • Negotiated Study

30 Credit Modules:

  • Sports Rights and Commercial Disputes Resolution
  • Sports Broadcasting and New Media
  • Sport and Ethics

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

The Sports Law and Practice course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Sports Law modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

  • Environmental Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Business Law/International Business Law
  • Food Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights Law

Available modules from other courses include:

Collective Labour Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; People Management within Organisations; Equal Opportunities in the Workplace; Event Management; Public Procurement Law and Practice; Expert Evidence; International Law; Aspects of Discrimination in Business; Civil Liberties in the Workplace and Individual Labour Law.

To gain an award in Sports Law and Practice, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Sports Law modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Sports Law. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.

See the Sports Law modules.

The course content was thorough and current and the tutors must be commended. It is a programme that receives my highest recommendation

J. Tyrone Marcus,  LLM Sports Law and Practice student


Although the course involves the academic study of sports law, it also features a very important practical dimension as evidenced by case studies in a number of the modules.

It is therefore suitable for:

  • actual/intending lawyers in fields such as sports regulation and governance
  • sports broadcasting and the commercial aspects of sports generally
  • representatives of sports governing bodies

The course will also be suitable for:

  • legal or sports management professionals
  • those who are responsible for representing the interests of athletes and players

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2017 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2017. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2018).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

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The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 15th,16th and 17th September 2017 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are four further optional one-day study days (on Saturdays) per year of study. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of option modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. Other study days concentrate on tutorial work in the Core Module and chosen subjects and students have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, discuss the course and be involved in specialist debate and analysis on specific areas of relevant law.

This course aims to provide the opportunity for the advanced study of Sports Law in a practical context. Use is made throughout of representative case studies and cutting edge documentation

Andy Gray,

 ASA  Judicial Commissioner and Course Leader

Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application as places are limited.

Apply online here