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Sport has become complex with an increasing number of sporting disputes requiring legal expertise. The programme is designed to help you understand, analyse, critically evaluate and unlock complex sporting disputes.

It is aimed at law graduates, law practitioners, sports administrators and sports agents. You learn the important elements of assistance, advice and representation in sporting relationships and you gain an expertise in unlocking and resolving sporting disputes, as well as understanding the regulation of sporting activities and relationships.

The programme offers 3 unique pathways of • anti-doping law • football law • international sports marketing and sponsorship. You gain an insight into the practice and procedure of sports law with an emphasis on the practical elements of unlocking complex sporting disputes.

Experts guide you through the practice and procedure of the highest and most important sports law forums, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), UK Anti-Doping and many others.

Emphasis is given to case studies, with a continuous analysis of the practical aspects of sports law. You analyse important current cases with your tutors and you are offered the opportunity to work with them in real-life sporting scenarios. Examples include anti-doping litigation, football contracts with emphasis on employment and European competition law aspects, injuries on and off the field, intellectual property rights, sponsorship contracts negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

You explore placement opportunities and you maximise your career development opportunities, through Sheffield Hallam's unique external links with experts and sporting organisations throughout the world. Continuing professional development opportunities are also available for practitioners.

Course structure

Full-time distance learning (online) - 1 year

Part-time distance learning (online) - 2 years

Starts September (full-time and part-time) and January (part-time only)

Core modules

  • law, regulation, sport and society
  • commercial regulation and contractual obligations in sport
  • international sports marketing and sponsorship
  • dissertation (by research or business consultancy project

Elective pathways

  • anti-doping law
  • football law


Assessed by coursework and/or viva. There is a choice of dissertation by research or a business consultancy project and CPD accreditation.


The programme offers unique employment and placement opportunities, particularly in the fields of anti-doping law and football law. You develop your transferrable and vocational skills and become more marketable in a very niche and competitive discipline of law. With a sports law expertise you may enter a competitive, demanding and exciting market.

You may practice at the highest level of sports law, advising private clients or sports federations, or you may decide to work for or even lead sporting organisations.

You may also enter the sports marketing and sponsorship field or you may decide to practice as a sports agent. The options are endless and the programme offers you the skills to become successful in this field.

Visit the International Sports Law in Practice LLM page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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