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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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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? or company?

  • 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) or company?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 or company?

  • 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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