Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions about the UO Summer Sports Law Institute generally or about the curriculum or other academic matters, please contact Institute Director Ryan Gauthier



When will the 2024 Summer Sports Law Institute be held?

The dates for the 2024 Summer Sports Law Institute are currently being finalized. Please return to this page for updates.

Do I need to be an athlete or have prior sports experience?

No. Just like you don’t need to be a criminal to master criminal law, you don’t need to be an athlete to master sports law. We’ll teach you all you need to know in order to become a first-rate sports lawyer.

Do I need to be a rising 3L?

No. An understanding of the basic 1L curriculum will be sufficient for the material to be covered. If you are a 1L and do not yet have your first-semester grades, simply indicate in your application that you’ll send along the grades when they become available. They should be emailed directly to Interim Institute Director Ryan Gauthier.

Do I need to be a JD student?

No. We are also happy to consider students who have completed one year of an appropriate MBA or other master's degree program. However, the coursework was designed with law students in mind.

What if I have OCI interviews or otherwise need to leave the program early?

Because of the wide diversity of dates on which law schools start their fall-semester classes, a few Institute students leave the program early each summer. Students sometimes also have weddings or other family events that require their attendance at various points during the summer.

We understand these conflicts and are committed to working with all students to meet their scheduling needs. We’ll make every effort to accommodate the requirements of OCI interviews, law school start dates, and any other scheduling challenges, including by administering the final exam remotely.

How is the course graded?

The course syllabus is currently in development. Please check back at a later date for details. 

When and where are classes held?

Announcements about the Summer 2024 course structure, timing, and locale are forthcoming. Please check back at a later date.

Will I receive credits that I can use at my home university?

You will need to consult your home school’s policies on transfer of credits to determine if your UO Law credits will be accepted toward your degree. However, in our experience, most law schools give credit for ABA-qualified courses offered by another accredited law school.

Students who complete the Summer Sports Institute will be eligible to receive an official University of Oregon transcript showing their completed credits.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is set based on Summer Semester JD credit-hour rates. Please check back soon for 2024 Summer Sports Law Institute per credit tuition resident and non-resident rates.

Does the Summer Sports Institute offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, no.

Can I borrow the money for tuition? Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students who are eligible to borrow money for their school-year courses will also be able to borrow tuition and living expenses for the UO Summer Sports Institute.

For UO students, the process for borrowing is the same as during the regular school year.

For non-UO students, you will need to contact your home institution’s financial aid office. They will prepare a “consortium agreement” between your home school and the University of Oregon that allows for the transfer of funds.

Consortium agreements can be forwarded to Sarah Keiski, Oregon Law’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.