Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, offers the annual Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, a hands-on, immersive summer program for law school students. The Academy, founded in 2012, is located in Cleveland, Ohio, home to three professional sports franchises and thriving arts and musical institutions.

Students choose between two concentration streams – Sports Law and Entertainment Law. Each stream comprises two courses and four total credits. Students may also elect to take an additional two-credit course for an additional fee. Independent study and distance learning opportunities are available.

New this year, students can participate in the Academy entirely online, either in real-time or recorded lectures at their convenience. Registration information for the online Academy will be forthcoming.

World-Class Faculty

The academy faculty is made up of world-class practitioners in the fields of sports and entertainment. Among the faculty are Grammy winners, television and movie studio executives, and the owner of a minor league professional sports franchise. Read more...

Hands-On Training

Academy students have the opportunity to experience practical lawyer training through simulation-based exercises focusing on doctrine, drafting, and negotiation for professional athletes and entertainers, venues and franchises. Read more...

Accomplished Guest Speakers

Students are exposed to industry expertise through a series of guest speakers. Guest speakers at the 2013 academy included former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel, U.S. District Judge Dan A. Polster and Jason Hillman, general counsel of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Read more...

High-Profile Externships

Students may elect to participate in highly selective externships reserved for academy graduates. GLSELA grads have externed with organizations including the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, SPIRE Institute, Vuguru Studios and Greater Cleveland Film Commission. Read more...



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