A Sports Lawyer represents the legal and financial rights of their client. Typically, they deal with commercial contracts, employment contracts, litigation and tax issues. They make sure that the deals their client signs are agreeable and that both parties stick to the conditions outlined.
Defamation, intellectual property and privacy are all key areas within sports law.
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Sports Lawyers represent a wide range of stakeholders. Governing bodies, brands, media outlets, sponsors, sports clubs and athletes all hire lawyers to help them with legal issues and contract agreements.
It takes at least six years of studying to qualify as a solicitor. An undergraduate degree in Law is followed by a Legal Practice Course and then a two-year training contract with a law firm. It is possible to also take a Law Conversion Course – a Graduate Diploma in Law – if you’ve completed a non-Law undergraduate degree. This enables entry into a Legal Practice Course. Strong academic grades are essential throughout their education. A-level grades required are typically A*AA to AAB.
However, it is possible to become a Sports Lawyer without a Law degree. CILEx qualifications can open up chartered legal executive roles, while Legal apprenticeships are also open for applicants with top A-level grades.
Work experience is essential in order to qualify as a lawyer. The two-year training contract provided by a law firm ensures that applicants get plenty of experience prior to qualifying. This may include pro-bono work, court marshalling and debating. Shadowing Sports Lawyers and taking voluntary work experience with Sports Law firms to understand the line of work is essential