ChiCubs14 wrote:I'd like to ask a "what would you do if you were me question."
I want to pursue a JD degree focusing on Sports Law
Miami has a great Sports Law program... but I'm probably not going to get a scholarship this year because they have ran out/I just didn't get one...
I also love FSU, but have not received a decision from them yet, (lets say I get accepted) they don't really have a Sports Law focus, they only offer a few classes....
So what if I get into FSU? Should I Save money and be at a place I know will make me happy(friends that go there and familiarity with the area), BUT NOT focus on the area of law I want to
Go to Miami and pay crazy tuition prices, but study what I want and also be at a place that makes me happy, but not as much as FSU would (probably)
I've also been accepted by the University of South Carolina, but I live in Florida so that's not really an option at the moment..
Anyone have any wise words they could share?
My honest opinion is that most sports law programs, including the highly regarded ones, are shams. From my understanding there are two legitimate ways to break into sports law:
1. Go to a T14 program, get into a biglaw firm that represents clients in the sports world, and then make your way over to them after a few years of associate work. Of course, this could be accomplished from another law school, but you would not only need to get biglaw, you would need to be able to select a firm that dealt with specific clients in your area of interest. This is not an easy task when you don't have tons of biglaw options like people coming out of Harvard.
2. Have legitimate connections to the industry. Such as - knowing an owner/GM/higher up in the organization, being friends with professional athletes, or being a former athlete.
Now, with that being said, I don't know the specifics of Miami's program. Do they offer a myriad of externships and summer employment options with professional sports clubs? If so, and only if so, maybe its worth it.