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Masters Degree in Sports Law

International Master in Sports Law, LLM Madrid

Become an expert in sports law, regulations and dispute resolution, with a unique teaching staff composed of experts working for the most relevant stakeholders in the field of sports law.

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Highlights

Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea’s Master in Sports Law, LLM is aimed at law graduates from all around the world who want to develop their professional careers in the field of international sports law. The program offers students a solid knowledge of the organization of sports, their rules and regulations and their dispute resolution mechanisms.

Campus-based
Alcobendas 60 ECTS
Start: 22 oct. 2022 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
9 months School of Sports Sciences
Private degree Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea

20% discount on the reservation fee for the 2022/23 programmes. Apply before july 31st, 2022.

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Why studying this Masters Degree in Sports Law?

Take advantage of the opportunity to study a distinct international programme that enables you to succeed as a sports lawyer in international federations, law firms, sports clubs, professional leagues, anti-doping organisations and sports representation agencies.

The academic study plan of this programme has been developed by a committee of expects, including leading professionals, Universidad Europea professors and Real Madrid F.C. professionals.

You'll have the chance to complete internships in the legal department at Real Madrid F.C. (the club offers a limited number of placements) or in international law firms, institutions and international federations. Among these are: Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo, Laffer, Sportia Law, and the International Triathlon Union.

All of our lecturers and professors are involved in international sports law activities, working for leading law firms in the sports and entertainment world or first tier sports entities such as Real Madrid F.C., FIFA, UEFA and more.

Enjoy exclusive experiences with Real Madrid F.C., including the White Week event, professional visits, live sporting events and networking 'events'.

That results in a high level of employability, especially since you will share this experience with colleagues and professors from more than 50 nationalities.

The School’s academic quality is certified by its 14-year history and 11,000 graduates, most of whom are now successful international professionals in the sports industry.

During this program you will have the chance to live real experiences about a real trial at the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS or TAS, as per French: Tribunal d’Arbitrage du Sport), the biggest international regulation organism in International Sports. The judges and professionals of CAS travel to Madrid to participate in these unique courses together with professional from international sport organizations.

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International trip

Enjoy a unique trip to Switzerland where you'll visit international sports entities, such as FIFA and UEFA, and meet with their executives.

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Students

will experience moot court proceedings

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Professors

who are involved in sports law projects or activities in their daily lives

Facilities

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Campus of Alcobendas

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, a Football History Monument

Ciudad deportiva Real Madrid

Campus of Alcobendas

Real Madrid City

The best Training Ground in the world

International nature

Discover the experiences of other international students

The School has more than 70% of International students coming from over 50 different countries worldwide.

UE Real Madrid
Comillas
Comillas The International Sports Law Master’s by Universidad Europea Real Madrid is the perfect first step in your career as a professional in the world of sports. Whether you wish to pursue governance at a federation, legal work in a law firm or at a sports club, or to become an agent, this course covers it all. The programme is structured as a series of modules starting from the foundations of the sports ecosystem all the way to the intricate details of contractual stability in football law. What makes the course stand out from its competitors is not only the holistic covering of relevant academic material but also the unique star-studded line-up of lecturers who deliver it. By engaging with leading specialists in every class, the student is immersed in the professional world of sports, and how better can you learn about landmark cases than by hearing about them from the lawyers that actually argued them in court? At the end of the modules, the students form teams to take part in a moot court. Personally, I found this to be the most exciting aspect of the Master’s; the culmination of all your learning put on show in a court room is a fitting climax to the experience and makes you realise just how much you’ve learnt during the year. All in all, I absolutely recommend that you choose this Master’s. The director of the course, Alberto Ruiz de Aguiar Díaz-Obregón, deserves credit for its immense success.

Boton Pinter

Lawyer at Sportia Law

Alumni Master in Sports Law 20-21 Edition

Comillas
Comillas The International Sports Law Master’s by Real Madrid Graduate School at Universidad Europea is the best program for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the sports world. The lecturers are among the best professionals in the world of sports representing a big variety of sports like football, F1, basketball, triathlon, horse ridding and many more. In my opinion what makes the program special are definitely the moot courts that are organised every year. It was one of the best academic experiences I ever had as we pled in front of some of the best and most important CAS arbitrators and sports lawyers. Furthermore, this program gave me the opportunity to do an eleven month internship at Real Madrid FC’s Legal department. I had the chance to draft some of the club’s main sponsorship and license agreements and also see from the inside how the biggest football club in the world works. Last but not least, the dedication of Alberto Ruiz de Aguiar Diaz- Obregon, the director of the Masters surely makes this program special. I absolutely recommend this Masters to anyone who wants to work in the sports world.

Elektra Tounta

Regulatory Compliance Legal Counsel at FIFA

Alumni Master in Sports Law 20-21 Edition

Study Plan

The International Master in Sports Law, LLM at Universidad Europea – Real Madrid Graduate School is aimed at students looking to boost their legal career in the sports sector.

Developed by a committee of experienced legal experts, the programme allows students to slowly immerse themselves in the sports world before moving towards a detailed study surrounding sports law.

All of our lecturers and professors are involved in international sports law activities, offering our students a true vision of professional practice as international lawyers, sport arbitrators, football club managers and leaders.

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practise first-hand how to carry out a procedure before FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and the subsequent appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Assisted and advised by international lawyers, they will experience such proceedings and have the chance to defend their cases before a panel composed by real arbitrators in a courtroom.

Our hands-on learning methodology allows students to learn in practise-based environment from day one. Candidates study leading cases on sports law, take part in moot courts, and get involved in forums and discussions with fellow students and professors, creating strong professional links along the way.

The programme also offers the chance to visit some of the world’s leading sports organisations and bodies, such as FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Students will have a chance to complete internships in the legal department at Real Madrid F.C.—the club offers a limited number of placements—or in international law firms, institutions and international federations. Among these are: Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo, Laffer, Sportia Law and the International Triathlon Union.

  • International organization of sports.
  • The Olympic committee, international federations, atp, gaisf, and others.
  • New trends and current status of the sports market.
  • The word anti-doping agency.
  • Court of arbitration for sports.
  • National federations, professional leagues.
  • The relationship between international and national institutions.
  • FIFA as an example of football governing body. Organization and daily functioning of FIFA.
  • International triathlon union as a model of organization and daily fuctioning of a medium-sized federation.
  • Euroliga, fiba, national federations.
  • UEFA, Role played by Confederations.
  • EUROPEAN LEAGUES.

  • Rules and regulations on international sports institutions.
  • European union law.
  • National sports law.
  • The relationship between different legal sports law systems.
  • FIFA and word antidoping agency as models of sports lawmakers.

  • Coexistence of conflict resolution systems in the framework of sports. Ordinary courts versus alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Alternative dispute resolution within international federations.
  • The court of arbitration for sports. Ordinary proceedings. Appeal proceedings. Ad hoc division of CAS.
  • Alternative dispute resolution within national federation.

  • International Negotiation.
  • Organization of sports events, Triathlon.
  • Organization of sports events, Formula 1.
  • Organization of Sports events, Moto GP, Moto2 and Moto3.
  • Organization of Sports events, Tennis.
  • Good Governance, the Role Played by ASOIF.
  • Implementation of Good Governance Policies within international federations.
  • Good Governance, compliance and sports integrity within FEI.
  • FIFA Integrity and Good Governance.
  • Good Governance within a Football Club.

  • International Fight against doping. The main actors: WADA and ITA.
  • Analysis of world anti-doping code.
  • Analysis of leading cases in anti-doping matters before the court of arbitration for sports.

  • Three general ways to define tax borders.
  • The concurrence of fiscal sovereignties. Double taxation conventions. The oecd convention.
  • Taxation of individual athletes performing their activity in countries other than those of their residence.
  • Taxation of athletes integrated into teams. The importance of the tax residence.
  • Special reference to the taxation of the assignment of image rights.

  • Professional Football contracts: Club prospective.
  • Professional Football contracts: International Sports Lawyer prospective.
  • Agents and Intermediaries, from a regulatory point of view.
  • Agents and Intermediaries. Practical vision from an agent.
  • Swiss law.
  • FIFA rules and regulations on status and transfers of players.
  • FIFA Disciplinary and Ethics.
  • UEFA Disciplinary.
  • UEFA Financial Fair Play.
  • Intellectual property within a Club.

  • History and main features of the court of arbitration for sports.
  • General provisions applicable to arbitration proceedings before cas.
  • Special provisions applicable to ordinary arbitration procedures and special provisions applicable to appeal procedures.
  • Civil law appeals against cas awards.
  • Enforcement of cas awards. FIFA disciplinary proceedings and New York convention.
  • Leading cases before cas. Contractual stability, doping matters, eligibility, transfer of minors.
  • E-Sports.
  • Sports Radar.
  • Broadcasting rights from a club prospective.

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Internships

External internship regulations

Internships are a key component of your training. Acquiring experience after what you have learnt in your degree is the best way to enter the employment market. There are two types of internships: curricular—which are included in your study plan—and extracurricular—which you can do on a voluntary basis.

In order to complete curricular internships in companies, you will need to have 50% of the credits approved and to register the subject before starting your internship. These internships are monitored by the company and the internship coordinator, and interim and final reports are prepared for evaluation.

If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extracurricular internship. You can do them in any academic year, but keep in mind that internships are a formative complement to your studies; therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you will benefit from the internship experience.

Collaborating entities

Employability and Internships

Internships in companies are a key element in your education. Acquiring experience and putting into practice what you have learned on your degree is the best way to enter the labor market. There are two types of internship, curricular (which are included as part of your program) and extracurricular (which you can do on a voluntary basis).

The Master Degree in Sports Law offers you the chance to enjoy interships in some of the most renowned law firms in the world of Sports Law, such as: Sportia Law, Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Abogados, Bicchara & Motta Advogados, Laffer... and also in several sports entities, amongst them Real Madrid C.F.

In order to carry out an internship in a company, you’ll need to have passed 50% of your credits and register before you start the internship. Both the company and a professor on your course will monitor your progress on the internship as well as providing an evaluation at the half way mark and upon completion.

If you want to gain extra work experience before finalizing your university studies, you are welcome to carry out extracurricular internships. You can carry them out in whichever year of your studies you choose but we remind you that internships are formative and should complement your studies. The more theoretical knowledge you have acquired throughout your degree, the more you will benefit from the internships.

This programme will offer you unique professionals opportunities, including an exclusive and international network thanks to the presence of more than 50 nationalities in the classroom. The interaction between professionals and students provides incredible professional opportunities.

Additionally, the programme offers students the possibility to complete professional internships in several of the most renowned law firms in the world of sports law. Some students are assigned to work in the legal department of Real Madrid F.C., and others will enjoy internships in other leading sports entities.

With comprehensive training, students will acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to work in international federations, law firms, sports clubs, professional leagues, anti-doping organisations and sports representation agencies, and will succeed in their international sports law careers.

Admissions

Start your future at Universidad Europea
Choosing what to study is one of the most important decisions, so we have a process and an advisory team that will help guide you on this path.

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Access test

Start your process by calling +34 911 128 850 or you can make the "application for admission" in the link that you will find below.

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Place reservation

Once admitted you can pay your reservation to guarantee it.

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Enrollment

Bring the necessary documentation to formalize your registration.

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Admissions application

Candidates will not be charged, and their place will not be guaranteed, until the reservation is formalised. Get in touch with us!

The International Master in Sports Law, LLM, is an excellent opportunity for graduates with a background in law, seeking a solid specialization in a postgraduate degree with a high potential of employability, and for lawyers wishing to expand their professional horizons.

A good command of English and a degree in law are required. Candidates will have to pass an interview intended to assess their profile and acceptance in the program.

Documentation
To begin your admission process, the first thing to do is book your appointment online or by calling +34 91 112 88 50.

  • Selectividad card showing eligibility status
  • Two photocopies of your ID
  • Academic record file transfer
  • Proof of payment of the Admission fee before or on the date of appointment

What does the admissions test consist of?

  • Skills and abilities test
  • General knowledge test
  • Language assessment test
  • Personal interview
  • When will you know you’ve been accepted?

    You’ll find out the result of the admissions test via an admissions letter that you’ll receive by email. If you have any doubts or queries, you can contact our Admissions Department for New Students at escuelauniversitariarealmadrid@universidadeuropea.es .

Reserve your place

Along with the admissions letter, you will receive an envelope with information about official registration. It is recommended that in order to reserve your place, you should respond within 7 days of receiving the letter.

Registration

All students joining the Universidad Europea for the first time, wanting to study a degree, must open a file with the university, prior to registration. The Department of Admission for New Students will provide the candidate with all the documentation and forms to complete their registration.

You don’t have to carry on doing something you don’t want to. For this reason, we have designed a specific university transfer plan to avoid repeating selected modules. If you want to know your personalised plan, as quickly and easily as possible, send us an email to convalidaciones@universidadeuropea.es along with the following documentation:

  • Personal academic certificate from your original degree.
  • Study plan signed by the Secretariat from the centre of origin.
  • The academic programme from the subjects studied and/or enrolled in during the original degree.
  • Officially translated degree certificate (only in the case of foreign graduates)

If you request recognition for professional experience, you will be required to provide:

  • National Insurance record
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Company certificate (only if it is necessary to provide proof of tasks carried out in the company, or if students have international professional experience and cannot provide a national insurance record).

For any questions, you can contact our advisors by calling +34 91 112 88 50.

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Faculty

Javier López Farré

Director, Legal Services at Real Madrid C.F.

Alberto Ruiz de Aguiar

Founder and Partner, SPORTIA LAW.

  • Miguel García Caba
    Head of Legal Department, Spanish Football Federation.
  • Elena Naranjo
    Lawyer, Head of Legal Department at Real Madrid C.F.
  • José Manuel Maza
    Lawyer, Head of Legal Department at Real Madrid C.F.
  • Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez
    Founder and Partner, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Paolo Torchetti
    Lawyer, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Juan Crespo Ruiz
    Lawyer, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Alfonso León
    Lawyer, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Rodrigo Arias Grillo
    FIFA Integrity Director.
  • Maite Nadal Charco
    Lawyer and Partner, Laffer Abogados.
  • José Lasa Azpeitia
    Lawyer and Partner, Laffer Abogados.
  • David Arias Lozano.
    Partner Herbert Smith Freehills.
  • Claude Ramoni
    Lawyer and Partner, Libra Law.
  • Marc Cavaliero
    Partner and founder of, Kleiner&Cavaliero
  • Jan Kleiner
    Partner and founder of , Kleiner&Cavaliero Partner Bar&Karrer.
  • Lucas Ferrer
    Partner, Pinto Ruiz del Valle.
  • Jordi López Batet
    Partner, Pinto Ruiz del Valle CAS Arbitrator.
  • Antonio Fernández Arimany
    General Secretary , International Triathlon Union.
    ICAS MEMBER.
  • Francisco Lima
    Senior Legal Counsel, Fédération Equestre Internationale.
  • Benjamin Cohen, Gianluca Siracusano, Cristina Pers
    International Testing Agency.
  • Marcos Motta.
    Founder and partner of Bichara&Motta.
  • Roy Veermer
    Head of Legal Department FIFPro.
  • Antonio de Quesada
    Legal Counsel, Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Efraim Barak
    Arbitrator Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Petra Pocrnic
    Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Alejandra Salmerón.
    FIA legal department.
  • Michael Masi.
    Race Director F1.
  • Alberto Colombo
    Head of EUROPEAN LEAGUES ASSOCIATION.
  • Oriol Abad
    Head of legal department DORNA.
  • Kepa Larumbe
    Partner and head of legal department Sports Law & e-sports BDO.
    CAS Arbitrator.
  • Carlos Schneider, Sarah Solemale and Jacques Blondin.
    FIFA.
  • James Carr
    Head of Administration & Projects ASOIF

Academic Quality

Universidad Europea has received recognition from various bodies that supports its academic quality. In particular, it has received the following prestigious awards: the European 500+, the QualiCert and the Madrid Excelente Quality Assurance Seal.

In the international QS Stars accreditation rating, Universidad Europea has obtained a total of four out of five stars. This external accreditation system determines the level of excellence achieved by universities in several areas. Universidad Europea has achieved the highest score of five stars in employability, teaching, facilities and social responsibility.

* These awards have been awarded to the European University of Madrid.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Studying a Master’s in Sports Law opens doors to an exciting and varied career in the ever-changing sports industry. As interest and participation across all sport increases year on year, the need for sports lawyers to ensure laws are complied with is ever more necessary.

No matter what area of law you are keen to work in, you will find a career in sports law. If you love contract law, why not lead negotiations between sports organisations and sponsors - a multi million euros industry these days. How about employment law? Then get involved in the world’s biggest transfers. Are you interested in criminal law? Organisations such as WADA or FIFA will always need specialists for anti-doping cases, for example.

Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea offers the best training to specialise in sports law. Our master’s programmee will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed no matter what branch of law you want to go into.

Sports law refers to the area of law that has an impact on the sports industry - both on the playing side and business side. It refers to anything from rules and regulations at the Olympic Games and leading competitions such as La Liga and the World Cup, but also covers issues in amateur sport as well. Sports law covers a wide range of specialisms such as contract law (for sponsorships etc), employment law (relating to a club or federation’s contracts, player contracts), EU law (freedom of movement), criminal law (anti-doping and on-field altercations).

A sports lawyer is a lawyer who specialises within the sports industry - representing professional players and athletes, clubs, businesses, federations and other organisations. The sector is wide ranging and covers all sorts of law, which means working in this field is varied and exciting as no two days are the same.

Typical tasks a sports lawyer does include negotiating a players contracts with clubs and/or sponsors, dealing with federations and organising bodies over any disputes, representing their clients in criminal cases that could arise such as doping offenses.

At Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea, you will have the chance to learn from some of the leading sports lawyers in Spain and across the world, ask them how they have forged their careers in their area of expertise, and decide what path you want to go down once you have finished the masters.

To become a sports lawyer there are certain requirements beyond having an interest in sport, which is certainly important.

You’ll need to have a good grounding of English as well as an undergraduate degree in law. Once you have completed your degree, you can specialise with a masters in sports law, such as the one we offer at Real MAdrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea.

The course is aimed at those wanting to boost their careers in the sports industry, and covers areas such as dispute resolution, good governance, anti-doping, international taxation, as well as a focus on football sport law. By choosing Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea, you will gain access to a unique experience, including the chance to work closely alongside professionals at one of the world’s most recognisable football brands, attend exclusive events and workshops, and benefit from the very best facilities that both Real Madrid and Universidad Europea have on offer.