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Spring 2016
LAW193  A  REPRESENTING THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

Course Description
This course will provide students with an understanding of what a career as a sports agent/attorney for a professional athlete entails. The class will start with the problems an agent/attorney confronts when helping an athlete “go pro.” From there, we will discuss the agent’s fiduciary duty to his client and proceed to discuss some of the more important legal doctrines relating to the athlete-representation profession, involving intellectual property law, labor law, and contract law.

In that context, the course will explore the skills necessary to conduct a series of “hypothetical” sports-related contract negotiations. The students will then participate in contract-drafting exercises with an emphasis on client representation. Contracts to be drafted include a “product endorsement agreement,” and a “name, image and likeness” lithograph poster agreement.
Also, agent/client representation agreements and agent/agency employment agreements will be examined.

After “drafting” various agreements, in the context of a mock litigation, students will assume a “contract breach” of the agreements that they have drafted. In turn, they will draft brief headings and litigation-related documents in support of the contractual positions taken during the contract drafting exercises.


Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-01-2016 - 02-06-2016  

Dates Day Time Room
02-01-2016 - 02-04-2016   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
02-05-2016 - 02-05-2016   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
02-06-2016 - 02-06-2016   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The course grade will be primarily based on a Final Exam (to be handed out during the final class). At my discretion, I reserve the right to adjust grades up or down based on class participation. An upward adjustment reflects high quality contributions to class discussion and excellent group work. Alternatively, a downward adjustment reflects a student’s failure to properly prepare for class and participate in class/group discussions.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Employment & Labor - Specialized
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Specialized
Intellectual Property - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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