LLM

Sports Law

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Sport has become increasingly important as a business and can involve significant financial stakes.  There is a growing demand for appropriately qualified sports law professionals and this course has been designed so that you'll have the knowledge required to enter this exciting area of law.

About LLM Sports Law

The influence of UK, European and international law and regulations in sport is increasing, and this course focuses on the regulation of sport at a UK and EU level. You will explore areas such as Sport, Law and the Human Body and benefit from our considerable expertise in the related areas of Health and Intellectual Property Law.

Why choose LLM Sports Law?

  • Learn about UK, European and international laws and regulations regarding sport, and understand how sport is becoming an increasingly important business.
  • Benefit from our expertise in Sports Law and the complementary areas of Health and Intellectual Property Law.
  • Fulfil the growing demand for appropriately qualified sports lawyers and managers.
  • Full-time and part-time study routes.
  • Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
  • 98% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2015-16).

British Association For Sport and The Law (BASL) Graduate Bursary Scheme 2017

Details to be confirmed.

LLM Sports Law Video

Dr Seema Patel talks about the course, providing an overview of sports law, the teaching approach on the LLM, her passion for teaching the LLM Sports Law and the opportunities available for graduates.

What you'll study

  • Course modules

    You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

    European Sports Law and Policy

    This module supports students in gaining a detailed, critical appreciation of the interaction between European Union Law and sport. In particular it considers the impact of free movement of persons law and competition law on the regulation of and participation in sport.

    Sport, Intellectual Property and Commerce

    The aim of this module is twofold.  Firstly, students are introduced to the intellectual property law framework as it applies to the business of sport, sports events, sports equipment and the image and personality rights of sportspeople. Secondly, students learn about specific aspects of contract, employment and agency law in the context of sportspeople, their agents and professional obligations.

    Sport Law and Regulation: UK and International Perspectives

    This module aims to support students in acquiring a critical appreciation of key issues impacting legal approaches to sport. A key focus is on the circumstances in and extent to which law and legal institutions will act to intervene in sporting matters. This includes analysis of the approaches across and within legal sub-disciplines in English law. The module also aims to foster critical insight of sport’s regulatory structures, in particular their international, global nature and the extent to which these characteristics impact on legal approaches.

    Sport and Human Body

    This module aims to support students to critically appreciate human body issues arising in the course of participation in sport and how successfully or otherwise these issues are addressed through the making, interpretation and enforcement of sporting and legal rules. The module starts by focusing on the bodily interests of participants and explores the duties to protect these that are placed on other participants and those with special responsibilities (such as coaches, organisers, officials, governing bodies). The middle section critically examines inclusion and exclusion of participation, particularly as they relate to such issues as gender, race and disability. The final section considers drugs and doping. The module draws very extensively on comparative and international content.

    • You can select up to two modules from another subject area.

    Dissertation

    You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.

    The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

    Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How do I study?

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.

Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

Expert teaching staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Sports Law Research Group. To find out more visit our research page.

Careers and employability

Your future career

There is growing demand for appropriately qualified sports lawyers and managers and this course will provide the skills needed to pursue these opportunities.

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge. 98% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2015-16).

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

International

Full-time (1 year)

£6,900£13,900

Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (for Year One*)£6,950 (for Year One*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course. Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2018 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

International

Full-time (1 year)

£6,900£13,900

Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (for Year One*)£6,950 (for Year One*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course. Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Still need help?

NLS Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460