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February 12, 2014

Oregon Law to host Summer Sports Institute

Law students will live, learn in Eugene during the exciting new program

The University of Oregon School of Law invites law students across the country to experience a summer unlike any other!

Building upon the University of Oregon's tradition of excellence and innovation — in both academics and athletics — the Summer Sports Institute is the first program of its kind on the West Coast. The five-week program runs July 5 through August 11, 2014. The Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the wide world of sports law. Consisting of 10 weeklong mini-courses led by legal experts from around the country, the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute offers students an unforgettable summer experience. Students will earn up to six transferable law school credit hours while immersing themselves in everything else the Institute — and Eugene — has to offer. UO 042211 -724

"This is going to be a great way to study sports law, and a great way to study business law. Intensive, robust, in-depth, but fun. And Eugene in the summer–there's nothing like it," said Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute Director Rob Illig.

The five-week program will allow students to experience everything Eugene has to offer during the summer. With countless opportunities for outdoor recreation and plenty of pubs, restaurants and other social attractions to explore, visiting students will love Eugene's glorious summer weather and collegetown atmosphere.

Like the law school's traditional sports law offerings, the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute teaches sports law as a subset of business law. The Summer Sports Institute’s intensive curriculum is relevant across nearly all fields of legal study. Its rigorous coursework covers topics ranging from professional sports regulation and NCAA compliance to licensing, intellectual property and antitrust and labor law (just to name a few). The ultimate goal of the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute is to provide aspiring sports and business law attorneys the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue careers in their field of choice.

Professor Illig has assembled an "All-Star" team of faculty members to lead the Institute's diverse assortment of classes, lectures and career panel discussions. They include renowned legal scholars from law schools across the country, Oregon Law alumni currently employed by Nike and adidas, and a number of professors from the UO law and business schools.

With numerous group activities and events, students' experience during the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute will go far beyond the classroom. The program includes behind-the-scenes tours of UO Athletics facilities like the Football Performance Center, day trips to Portland for a Timbers soccer match, white-water rafting and much more. An affordable housing option, within short walking distance of Oregon Law, is also available for program participants, allowing students to easily connect with one another after the day's classes end.

The Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute will begin July 5 and run through August 11, 2014. To apply, visit sports-law.uoregon.edu/apply. For more information, contact Professor Illig at rillig@uoregon.edu.

This program is made possible by support from Academic Extension at the University of Oregon. UO Academic Extension provides exceptional credit and noncredit educational opportunities to people seeking university-level instruction and enrichment beyond the traditional campus experience.

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