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future!jd12
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Gaming Law

Postby future!jd12 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:17 pm

0L here headed to Cornell in the fall. I want to go the typical NYC corporate law route post grad, but am not set on a particular practice area. One area that I am really interested in is Gaming Law, working with casinos etc. Just wondering if anybody had any experience with this field and if they elaborate on what a typical day is like/if the top NYC firms even practice or if its more specialized to boutique firms in Atlantic City/Vegas. I've done a lot of googling but haven't been able to find anything substantive.

Apologies if this is in the wrong forum

jimmythecatdied6
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Re: Gaming Law

Postby jimmythecatdied6 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:30 am

Gaming law - isn't that a required course at Cornell?

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Yukos
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Re: Gaming Law

Postby Yukos » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:49 pm

One thing you might not be considering is Indian gaming. For example, CA has an Indian law and gaming section in its DOJ, and I know quite a few firms that specialize in helping tribes finance casinos and deal with the regulatory hurdles. It's also not uncommon today for tribes to enter into partnerships with non-tribal gaming companies to open new sites, tribes to manage state-run gambling operations, etc. The biggest center for federal Indian law practice is DC, so you might want to check out some firms there. The only places I know that specifically have gaming practice areas are Nevada (including Reno) and California, but there are probably others.

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Re: Gaming Law

Postby nealric » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:13 pm

future!jd12 wrote:0L here headed to Cornell in the fall. I want to go the typical NYC corporate law route post grad, but am not set on a particular practice area. One area that I am really interested in is Gaming Law, working with casinos etc. Just wondering if anybody had any experience with this field and if they elaborate on what a typical day is like/if the top NYC firms even practice or if its more specialized to boutique firms in Atlantic City/Vegas. I've done a lot of googling but haven't been able to find anything substantive.

Apologies if this is in the wrong forum


In some sense, I've done gaming, entertainment, and sports law. I have worked on legal matters for clients in all three industries. But gaming/entertainment/sports law are not really practice areas- they are industries that happen to hire lawyers. Established lawyers, or lawyers in certain geographic regions may end up with (or seek) mostly gaming/entertainment/sports clients (or end up working in-house in one of those industries), but it's not something that makes much sense for a 0L to be concerned about.

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Re: Gaming Law

Postby Yukos » Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:43 pm

nealric wrote:In some sense, I've done gaming, entertainment, and sports law. I have worked on legal matters for clients in all three industries. But gaming/entertainment/sports law are not really practice areas- they are industries that happen to hire lawyers. Established lawyers, or lawyers in certain geographic regions may end up with (or seek) mostly gaming/entertainment/sports clients (or end up working in-house in one of those industries), but it's not something that makes much sense for a 0L to be concerned about.


I don't really see the issue with someone thinking about something like this going into their first year. Not that he should choose a school or something based on some vague desire to do gaming law, but if he wants to take a Fed Indian Law course or look at jobs like this for 1L summer, more power to him.

And I think there's enough unique substantive law in gaming to make it different from entertainment/sports, but that's not really important.




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