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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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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.

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Alcobendas 60 ECTS
Start: 25 oct. 2021 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
9 months School of Sports Sciences
Private degree Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea

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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, networking events and a unique international trip to Switzerland where you will visit some of the most renowned sports organisations and meet their executives.

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.

Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid C.F. President

‘Talent, sacrifice and commitment are the foundations that allow us to succeed.’


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.



will experience moot court proceedings



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


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


Much more than just a campus. Our academic model has been developed to allow you to enhance your skills. You will be trained in one of the biggest entrepreneurial hubs in Madrid, and Spain. What’s more, top professionals will mentor and advise you on your entrepreneurial adventure at our startup incubator: ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUB

campus Alcobendas Universidad Europea
Testimonio Joaquin Durán
Comillas One of most enriching experiences in my career as a lawyer since I went hand in hand with the top professionals. A remarkable quality of the program, besides its lecturers, are the internships.

Joaquin Duran

Legal Advisor at Abogados Mercantiles

Student of the Master in Sport Law LLM, edition 2018-2019.

Comillas I was taught by world class professors, who provided me with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills which prepared me for the moot courts and the internship.

Geaniel Davis

Student of the Master in Sport Law LLM, edition 2018-2019.


Discover the experiences of other international students

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

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Scholarships and Grants

We want to help you. If you choose to study at Universidad Europea, you will have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of UE and official scholarships.


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.

Study Plan

  • International organisation of sports.
  • The Olympic committee, international federations, ATP, GAISF and others.
  • New trends and current status of the sports market.
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency.
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • National federations, professional leagues.
  • The relationship between international and national institutions.
  • FIFA as an example of a football governing body. Organisation and daily functioning of FIFA.
  • International Triathlon Union as a model of organisation and daily functioning of a medium-sized federation.
  • Euroliga, FIBA and national federations.

  • Rules and regulations of international sports institutions.
  • European Union law.
  • National sports law.
  • The relationship between different legal sports law systems.
  • FIFA and World Anti-Doping Agency as models of sports lawmakers.
  • Co-existence 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 Sport. Ordinary proceedings. Appeal proceedings. CAS ad hoc Division.
  • Alternative dispute resolution within national federations.
  • Organisation of sporting events.
  • Sporting event concept: requirements to organise a sporting event.
  • The bidding procedure.
  • Events: Champions League Final, World Championship of an Olympic Sport—handball, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and others.
  • Intellectual property rights of an event such as hosting rights, sponsoring and marketing rights, and TV and social media rights.
  • The agreement of a sporting event: sponsoring.
  • TV rights to the event.
  • Contract model of the Champions League Finals.
  • Contract model of the Triathlon World Cup event.
  • Good governance.
  • Implementation of good governance
  • Compliance
  • Today’s controls of good governance
  • Best practice example
  • The sources of law of international anti-doping.
  • Analysis of the World-Anti-Doping Code.
  • Analysis of leading cases in anti-doping matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Three general ways to define tax borders.
  • The concurrence of fiscal sovereignties. Double taxation conventions. The OECD Anti-Bribery 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 tax residency.
  • Special reference to the taxation of the assignment of image rights.
  • Swiss law.
  • Importance of Swiss law before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Important principles of Swiss law, including the Swiss Code of Obligations, Civil Code, Swiss Employment Law and more.
  • Swiss law on associations and swiss arbitration law
  • Civil law appeals against CAS Awards before the Swiss Supreme Court.
  • Football sport law.
  • FIFA rules and regulations on status and transfers of players.
  • Appeal proceedings.
  • History and main features of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • General provisions applicable to arbitration proceedings before the 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 the New York Convention.
  • Leading cases before CAS: Contractual stability, doping matters, eligibility, transfer of minors, etc.
  • Moot court.



Academic calendar



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

As a truly international program, students also have the opportunity to take place on additional activities such as trips to:

  • UEFA
  • FIFA
  • and many other visits to clubs, institutions, companies and Sports Entities.

You may also have the chance to complete professional internship periods in first tier sports law porjects at sports entities such as:

  • Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and its Foundation, Atlético de Madrid Club de Fútbol and many other football and Sports clubs
  • Law Firm Backer & Mackenzie
  • Law Firm Senn Ferrero
  • Law Firm Sportia Law
  • Law Firm Garrigues
  • Law Firm Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Abogados
  • Law Firm Bicchara & Motta Advogados
  • Triathlon international federation and many other federations and institutions


Alberto Ruiz de Aguiar

Masters Degree in Sports Law Director. Founding Partner at Sportial Law.

Javier López Farré

Masters Degree in Sports Law Director. Director, Legal Services at Real Madrid C.F.

  • Miguel García Caba
    Head of Legal Department, Spanish Football Federation.
  • Elena Naranjo
    Lawyer, Legal Department at Real Madrid C.F.
  • José Manuel Maza
    Lawyer, Legal Department at Real Madrid C.F.
  • Álvaro Gil
    Legal Advisor, Club Atlético de Madrid.
  • Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez
    Founder and Partner, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Paolo Torchetti
    Lawyer, Ruiz Huerta y Crespo.
  • Enric Ripoll
    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.
  • 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.
  • José Juan Pinto
    Founder and Partner, Pinto Ruiz del Valle. CAS Arbitrator.
  • Lucas Ferrer
    Head of Legal Department, 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
    Director International Testing Agency.
  • Antonio de Quesada
    Legal Counsel, Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Alberto Colombo
  • Oriol Abad
    Head of legal department DORNA.
  • Kepa Larumbe
    Partner and head of legal department Sports Law & e-sports BDO. CAS Arbitrator.
  • James Carr
    Head of Administration & Projects ASOIF
  • Jacques Blondin
    Head of FIFA TMS
  • Roy Veermer
    Head of Legal Department FIFPro

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 Process

Admission to the Universidad Europea – Real Madrid Graduate School is open all year round, although registration in any of its programmes is subject to the number of spaces available.

If you would like to receive personalised advice from the Admissions team, you can visit us at one of our two campuses( Alcobendas or Villaviciosa de Odón) or contact us by phone or email.

Phone: +34 911 128 850

Email: escuelauniversitariarealmadrid@universidadeuropea.es

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Profile for prospective students and how to access this degree

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.

Admissions requirements

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.

Admissions process

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.


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.

Credit recognition and centre transfers

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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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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