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Sheffield Hallam University: International Sports Law in Practice

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Social Sciences and Arts
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


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Course Summary

  • Engage in online taught learning from anywhere, with continuous training and practice.

  • Learn from top sports law experts and practitioners.

  • Gain expertise in sports law procedures at tribunals like CAS, FIFA’s Football Tribunal, and National Anti-Doping Panels.

  • Improve your employability through placements, internships and real-world sporting disputes.

The course will help you gain clinical expertise in the resolution of sport-related disputes – arming you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively advise and represent clients. You’ll gain expertise in pre-trial behaviour, negotiation, arbitration, and advocacy, engaging with real-life cases in a range of practice areas.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to effectively advise and represent clients in complex sport-related disputes. You’ll gain expertise in the practice and procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), FIFA's Football Tribunal, the National Anti-Doping Panel in the UK and other disciplinary courts and tribunals.

You’ll experience a high quality, supportive and intensive learning environment. The overall approach emphasises knowledge and understanding in policy, procedure and practice in sports law, while enhancing your intellectual and employability skills to postgraduate level.

You learn through

  • Lectures

  • Guided reading

  • Seminars

  • Peer support and reflection

  • Workshops

  • Student presentations

  • Independent learning

  • Reflection and evaluation

Key themes

You’ll explore core topics including commercial regulation and contractual obligations in sport, sport finance, and international sport marketing and sponsorship. You’ll also gain experience while completing a business consultancy project (via business consultancy or dissertation).

In addition to these core topics, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your learning journey by selecting elective topics – from anti-doping law to football law. This tailored approach means you can focus on specific areas within the sports industry that match your career objectives and personal interests.

You’ll benefit from small group teaching and one-to-one support, developing peer-supported investigative and analytical approaches to the issues you explore. In groups you’ll produce research reports and draft legal documents for the preparation of litigation.

The course also provides opportunities for formative assessment and feedback – a key method for the clinical nature of the course, providing the vocational and employability skills you’ll need in the industry.

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through several key areas. These include:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.

  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities.

Applied learning

The course places a special emphasis on the development of professional and transferable key skills, preparing you for future employment.


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