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Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute

July 5 - August 5, 2022

Visiting professor Ryan Gauthier

The Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute welcomes Ryan Gauthier as our 2022 Visiting Director. Professor Gauthier is an expert in sports law, with a special focus on the Olympic Games, sports and human rights, and sports governance.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the Summer Sports Law Institute and continuing this excellent program. The SSLI is a place for students to take a deep dive into sports law issues, and to hear from experts and practitioners in the field. Sports has faced significant challenges in recent years, from playing in empty stadiums due to the pandemic, to human rights issues such as discrimination against athletes and coaches, and the rise-and-fall of competing leagues such as the European SuperLeague. There’s been no more exciting time to work in sports law than now.”

–Ryan Gauthier
Visiting Director
Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute

Passionate about sports? Come to the Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute!

Join world-class law faculty, top industry professionals, and like-minded students from around the nation to learn about sports law and earn 6 credits toward graduation.

Classes are virtual this summer, because the World Athletics Championships are taking place in Eugene from July 15-24. With spectacular Hayward Field just across the street from the law school, it’s going to be a little crowded around here come July. For students who are in Oregon, we are planning optional in-person extracurricular activities—stay tuned.

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Why study sports at Oregon Law?

Oregon is the headquarters of Nike and Adidas, the heart of American track and field, and the home of the Ducks. We even helped pass Title IX, and catalyzed reforms to the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

The UO Summer Sports Law Institute emphasizes the legal and intellectual breadth of sports law, from economics to regulation, from Title IX to intellectual property, from international dispute resolution to e-sports, and much more. Check out this summer’s schedule and syllabus.

We offer true expertise in today’s world of sports law – without the time or expense of an LLM.

Not every student who is interested in sports law will go on to actually practice in sports law, and with that in mind we treat sports law as a subset of business law. By using the sports industry as a case study, we train you to be not only a great sports lawyer, but also an excellent business lawyer.

Meet Our Faculty

Each year, the Institute features some of the nation’s top sports law professors as well as guest speakers from the professional sports industry, the media, the NCAA, and other organizations.

This year’s faculty and speakers include:

  • Andrew Brandt, Villanova School of Law
  • Erin Buzuvis, Western New England University School of Law
  • Peter A. Carfagna, Harvard Law School
  • N. Jeremi Dur, Amercan University
  • Marc Edelman, City University of New York
  • Sarah Hartley, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Mike McCann. University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Josephine R. Potuto, University of Nebraska
  • Daniel A. Rascher, University of San Francisco
  • Gregor Reiter, Reiter & Kemmeries Rechtsanwaite
  • Maureen Arellano Weston, Pepperdine University

And more! Check out our faculty and staff page for the latest updates.

Careers in Sports

Sports law is an ever growing and evolving field. According to the American Bar Association, the increasing number of jobs available in the field of sports law include attorneys working for state agencies, inside or outside counsel for professional teams, and counsel for college or high school athletic departments.

Common careers in sports law:

  • Litigator
  • Transactional Attorney
  • Athletic Compliance Officer
  • Agent

Using sports law as a case study under the larger umbrella of business law, the Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute prepares you not just for your dream career of representing your favorite team, but also for working in the business law field as a whole.

"I have aspired for a career in the sports industry since I was a little girl. The Sports Law Program at the University of Oregon helped me find the intersection of sports and the law. On its face, “sports law” is not really its own sect of the law. Rather, sports arise in all areas of the law. Through the Sports Law Program at Oregon, I have studied sports in the context of antitrust, contracts, licensing, labor law, torts, human rights, and more! I especially enjoyed my experience in the Summer Sports Institute. The program combines the study of amateur sports law and professional sports law. During this program, I expanded my legal network by connecting with the industry's top professors. I studied a myriad of legal issues facing sports lawyers today by reading a wide range of case law and articles about the history of sports."

Summer Huber
JD Candidate, 2022

Summer Huber, JD Candidate 2022

Paying for the Program

Most students finance their program fees through federal financial aid or loans. Please work with the administrators at your home school to determine your financial aid eligibility as a visiting student.

Tuition is set based on Summer Semester JD credit-hour rates.

Paying for Summer Institute

Frequently Asked

Do I need to be an athlete to attend? What if I have to arrive or leave early?

Find the answers to these and other questions in our FAQ page.


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Our primary goal is to provide learning opportunities for students whose home law schools do not offer significant content regarding sports law. We are proud to offer excellent teaching, skills-based learning opportunities, and rich, diverse programs.

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