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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?
  • 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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