Master in Legal Studies in Sports Law Compliance

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Play an Ethical Game

Sports consists of far more than just the game you see on TV. For a genuinely good game, you need organizations with a strong commitment to compliance. Those organizations need professionals ranging from athletic directors to compliance officers who know the legal and regulatory foundations upon which the whole industry plays out. An emerging and diverse field full of opportunity, now is the time to forge your path. Whether you want to work with student-athletes in navigating the world of NCAA and Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) compliance, support a franchise team in operations, or use the degree to bolster your coaching career, our online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program will prepare you for a bright future in this growing and increasingly important field. 

Compliance with a conscience means doing the right thing for the right reasons. At Seattle University School of Law, you will learn about compliance and risk management not because it’s merely required, but because it’s right. This paradigm adds value to your organization and society. Simultaneously, you gain the specialized and practical legal skills to become a trusted expert in the growing field of compliance and risk management.

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Learn the Foundations of Sports Law

Our MLS degree will help you become a vital contributor to the infrastructure of sports organizations. Upon graduation, you will be ready to create, develop, promote, and advocate for a more ethical environment – for women and members of other marginalized communities not historically represented where decisions in sports are made.

  • Get an inside look at cutting-edge issues in the Intellectual Property & NIL course, where you’ll analyze student-athletes’ rights to use and monetize their name, image, and likeness.
  • Discuss employment and labor relationships, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), union protections, labor negotiations and more in the Labor and Employment Law.
  • Examine the most pressing contemporary issues of professional and amateur sports in Critical Issues in Sports Law and Compliance, including race and equity, Title IX and gender equity, and more. 

This online MLS program will help you develop critical, analytical, and creative approaches to problem-solving. With hands-on projects and real-world scenarios, you’ll hone your professionalism, critical thinking skills, and professional principles. 

You will first learn the core concepts of the American legal system, the foundation of compliance, and the basics of legal writing. All prepare you to advance to more specialized courses focusing on sports law compliance and its unique sphere of influence. 

By the end of the program, you’ll have a working knowledge of a range of laws and regulations, including the NCAA, Title IX,  and more. Plus, because sports law compliance is closely interconnected with intellectual property, you’ll also learn about the hot-button developments of NIL, including trademarks and endorsements. Prepare to navigate changing regulations, track regulatory change, and contribute to the process, all while helping move the needle towards tangible industry progress.

Be Part of Progress

Many areas of the sports industry need leaders who can do more than meet regulatory requirements. Professionals with deep legal expertise paired with thoughtful and ethical application are crucial to athletics. The Sports Law Compliance concentration prepares you to thrive in a multitude of career opportunities, including:

Athletic Director of Compliance – This role could be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive NCAA Division.

Director of Safeguarding – This role might assist with the development, and leads the application of, safeguarding policies and procedures in their given sport. Directors ensure compliance with regulatory bodies including SafeSport and state and federal requirements.

Risk and Compliance Senior Manager – This role is likely responsible for the planning, implementation and monitoring of compliance requirements and establishing programs. 

You can select from other concentrations depending on your professional goals and interests: