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Sports Law Institute

Sports law encompasses a wide range of legal topics, including antitrust, labor, intellectual property/licensing, contracts, commercial law, business law, immigration law, property, torts, and criminal law. That breadth makes sports law an excellent device for studying the law. Sports law is also a valuable learning tool because it presents complex legal issues in fact-patterns that students generally find approachable and understandable.

The Sports Law Institute (SLI) at Vermont Law School serves as an educational, research, and professional vehicle for exploring connections between law and sports. The SLI engages in original research, promotes experiential learning and employment opportunities for VLS students and alumni, and connects the VLS community with academic and professional sports law activities.

Publications and Media

The staff of the Sports Law Institute have influenced legal thinking and the national debate on sports law through books, scholarly articles, magazines, and blogs.

Distinguished Sports Law Visitors

The Sports Law Institute at VLS regularly sponsors lectures and panel discussions on current topics in sports law.