FAQ

When will the 2017 Summer Sports Institute be held?

Classes will run from July 2 through August 6, with a final exam on Monday, August 6. Students who cannot stay for the August 7 exam may make other arrangements with Institute director Rob Illig.

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 US student?

No. We welcome foreign students who feel they have strong English skills and an appropriate background. However, we encourage such students to apply no later than March or April so that there is sufficient time to obtain the necessary visas and handle other logistics.

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 Institute Director Rob Illig.

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 masters degree program. However, the coursework was designed with law students in mind.

What if I have already graduated from law school?

Again, under the right circumstances, we would be happy to consider applications from law school graduates. For example, the Institute might be of particular interest to NCAA compliance personnel seeking a broader understanding of sports law, a foreign sports lawyer interested in the American approach to the subject, or anyone else who finds that a deeper understanding of sports law would be interesting or helpful to their careers.

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 accommodate the requirements of OCI interviews, law school start dates, and any other scheduling challenges, including by administering the final exam remotely.

How are courses graded?

Students will sit for a three-hour exam at the end of the course. 

When and where are classes held?

All classes will be held in Room 184 of the Knight Law Center, located across the street from historic Hayward Field and only one block from the Student Recreation Center. Morning sessions will run from 9:30-10:20am, with afternoon sessions from 1:30-3:30pm.

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

Yes. The Institute is comprised of 6 credit hours of class.

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 program will receive an official University of Oregon transcript showing two separate three-credit courses: Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports Law. Both courses meet the ABA standards for scheduled course times.

How much does it cost?

The comprehensive program fee, due when classes commence, is a flat $10,900 (including a $500 deposit) for both in-state and out-of-state students. This fee covers tuition for the entire 6-credit program, plus travel and related costs for Institute events. Also included in your tuition is a summer-long UO Student Recreation Center pass. Not included in the tuition is the cost of meals and entertainment. In addition, students with cars will likely need to rent a parking space. Students will also be required to purchase a casebook for approximately $189.

Does the Summer Sports Institute offer scholarships?

Generally, we do not offer scholarships. However, if two or more students attend the Institute from the same home university, we will be pleased to offer both (or all) of such students a $1,000 scholarship, bringing the total cost down to $9,900. With this in mind, we recommend you reach out to your friends and classmates and encourage them to consider applying.

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 Oregon Law 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 Nicole Commissiong, Oregon Law’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Is housing available?

Yes, housing will be available. Of course, you are free to make whatever housing arrangements you prefer. However, the Summer Sports Institute has in past years partnered with a nearby luxury student apartment complex to provide students with high-quality, furnished housing that is affordable and located a short walk from Oregon Law. For details, see our Housing page.

What do I need to bring?

A laptop, clothes, and a pair of sneakers is all you’ll need. Business cards are a plus, given the networking opportunities that we provide. Also, depending on your housing plans, you may need to bring bed linens and a shower curtain. For more personalized advice, contact one of our alumni and ask what they brought.

Do I need a car to get around Eugene?

No. All you need to live, study and enjoy yourself is located within a few blocks of our recommended housing options. Biking is also a safe, easy, and convenient way to get around town. Eugene was recently ranked fifth among bike-friendly cities in the United States. It also has a first-rate public transit system that provides easy access to the entire region. But again, for more personalized advice, we encourage you to contact one of our alumni and ask how they got around.

Will I be able to use the gym?

By all means, please do. The newly renovated Student Recreation Center is located one block from the Knight Law Center, along with tennis courts and turf soccer fields. Current UO students already have access to the Rec Center as part of their basic tuition and fees.  Non-UO students will be provided with a free, month-long membership.

What is there to do in Eugene when I’m not in class or participating in an Institute event?

More than you can manage! From outdoor recreation and the arts to social attractions and shopping, Eugene and its surrounding areas are filled with opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation.

Unwind with classmates and share the day’s experiences at any of Eugene’s nearby restaurants, bars, and pubs. Oregon has become famous for its craft-brew scene, and our wine industry is red hot. Check out the unique crafts, delicious food, and live music at the Eugene Saturday Market. Try your hand at disc golf in the newly opened course in Alton Baker Park, or explore some of Eugene’s 250+ miles of running, biking, and hiking trails.

Or plan a day trip to any of the fantastic Oregon attractions within easy driving distance. The spectacular Oregon coast, with its towering cliffs and sand dunes, is only an hour’s drive to the west. And the Cascade Mountains, home to endless hiking and camping opportunities, are just an hour's drive to the east. Just outside of Eugene along the picturesque McKenzie River are fishing, hiking and biking trails along with our very own Cougar Hot Springs.