Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute Academics

The UO Summer Sports Law Institute emphasizes the intellectual breadth of sports law. Our goal is a truly immersive experience that is both fun and rigorous.

Students take classes in:

  • Antitrust
  • Labor law
  • IP
  • Title IX
  • NCAA compliance
  • International sports arbitration
  • Torts & criminal law

We invite an impressive slate of sports lawyers, agents, regulators, athletes, judges, and more to discuss their careers and comment on current events in sports law. If you’re looking to build a network of friends and mentors, there’s no place better.


The Institute curriculum consists of 6 credit hours of instruction.

Two, 2-hour class sessions each day

  1. 9:30a.m.–11:20 am
  2. 1:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

With a final exam on the last day.

Afternoons and evenings are filled with panels, guest speakers, movies, and games.

Students who are unable to stay for the entire program may make other arrangements to sit for the exam with the approval of the program director.

collage of photos of sports law students visiting adidas, whitewater rafting, and visiting nike.

Sample Schedule

Below is the 2018 schedule of non-classroom special events at the Institute.

Week 1 
Move-In Days

Plan to arrive in Eugene sometime on or before Sunday. We’ll be there to greet you!

Welcome Dinner

On the first night, attend a welcome dinner for students and their families at the Duck’s renowned Autzen Stadium. Guests will don their home-school colors to highlight the breadth of the cohort.


Attend a brief orientation full of dull but important paperwork. After that, we’ll take you in groups to get ID cards and tour the Student Athletic Center.

Movie NightWednesday evening, attend a screening of a movie about Steve Prefontaine and the history of “Track Town USA.”
Norwegian Stickball

Friday afternoon is game time. The East versus the West in our own special interpretation of a Norwegian Stickball match. Imagine kickball, but using a softball bat. The rivalry currently stands at 4-2. Come on, West, we need you!

Week 2 
Title IX PanelAttend a confab of coaches and athletic directors from before and after the passage of Title IX for a freewheeling discussion of what has and hasn’t changed.
VolleyballEnjoy some sun and sand with sand volleyball.
Whitewater RaftingThe class will float down the McKenzie River. This chance to bond with fellow students is, for many, the highlight of their visit. Students who have never rafted before should watch out for the many carnivorous river sharks! (*river shark sightings are not guaranteed.)
Week 3 
Networking Panel

Enjoy speakers and networking opportunities as we invite in-house counsel and other sports law experts to join us for a panel discussion about sports and the law.

Hike the ButteJoin your fellow students and professors as we hike up Spencer’s Butte for a picturesque view of the Willamette Valley. And yes—there will be treats awaiting those who make it to the top.
Facilities TourTake a behind-the-scenes tour of Autzen Stadium, the Matthew Knight Arena, and Oregon’s famous football operations center.
Week 4 
Networking PanelSpeakers and networking opportunities abound as we invite in-house counsel and other sports law experts to join us for a second panel discussion about sports and the law.
Tennis  When Professor Weston in town, it can only mean one thing—tennis time! Tuesday afternoon will be our annual round robin for students and faculty of all (or no) abilities.
Negotiation SeminarParticipate in a half-day session teaching hands-on negotiation techniques, with special emphasis on the negotiation of sports contracts.
Trip to Nike and AdidasDrive to Portland for a tour of the Nike campus. After lunching with members of the Nike legal department, cross the river and get to know the opposing team at the North American headquarters for Adidas. And don’t forget to bring money to spend at the employees’ stores!
Week 5 
International PanelAttend a meeting of international sports lawyers as we expand our networking internationally.
Soccer, etc.?Relax with friends as part of our final sports outing. Soccer? More hiking or tennis? A re-match of volleyball? Whatever the group decides.
Farewell DinnerAlas, it must all come to an end. Following the final exam, join us for local wine and celebration as we say our farewells.


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