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Career Day Advice Session. How would you like to incorporate sports or entertainment into your career?. Do you want to work as a lawyer who specializes in sports or entertainment work? Do you want to be an in-house attorney for a team, league or company? Do you want to be an agent?

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Career day advice session

Career Day Advice Session


How would you like to incorporate sports or entertainment into your career

How would you like to incorporate sports or entertainment into your career?

  • Do you want to work as a lawyer who specializes in sports or entertainment work?

  • Do you want to be an in-house attorney for a team, league or company?

  • Do you want to be an agent?

  • Do you want to work in sports or entertainment in a different capacity?


1 do you want to work as a lawyer who specializes in sports or entertainment work

1) Do you want to work as a lawyer who specializes in sports or entertainment work?

  • Conduct internship and job searches for firms which have a sports or entertainment law division

  • Many firms have a sports or entertainment division like Proskauer Rose

  • Michael Schiavone (SUCOL ’81) – Lipsitz Green Schime & Cambria – Corporate Counsel for the Buffalo Bills


2 do you want to be an in house attorney for a team league or company

2) Do you want to be an in-house attorney for a team, league or company?

  • Most large companies, teams or leagues have in-house legal counsel

  • Most of these jobs are obtained after doing previous work for that entity or establishing contacts with them

  • It is all about doing good work and who you know

  • Some of these large entities have legal internships and this information can be found on their websites

  • Gregg Brandon (SUCOL ’96) – Collegiate Images – Vice President and General Counsel


3 do you want to be an agent

3) Do you want to be an agent?

  • Do not have to be a lawyer to be an agent

  • Most agencies are very small operations and do not offer internships

  • Some of the larger agencies like IMG and Octagon do offer opportunities for students

  • Extremely competitive industry and difficult to break into

  • David Falk (Syracuse ’72)


4 do you want to work in sports or entertainment in a different capacity

4)Do you want to work in sports or entertainment in a different capacity?

  • Law degrees are thought very highly of in the business world and you can translate your legal background into a variety of careers

  • Whatever industry you are interested in probably has internships, but be prepared that you will not likely be doing any legal work in your job

  • Hiring decisions on most non-legal internships are not made until late Spring

  • Consider the fact you can obtain another graduate degree at Syracuse, for no additional cost, while you are in law school

    • MBA (Whitman School)

    • Media Management (Newhouse School)


How to succeed

How to succeed

  • Networking – jobs and internships are very difficult to come by and knowing the right people can make the difference

  • Differentiate yourself – get a dual degree, join a journal, etc.

  • Grades –what sets you apart when going for a law job

  • Focus on classes like IP, Sports/Entertainment Law, Contracts, etc.

  • Know what you want and be persistent


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