This extraordinary program will include a twice-weekly Sports Law class taught by Richardson Professor of Law Roger Abrams, co-author of the most widely used case book in the field, and the author of seven books on the business and history of sports law. He is also a much-in-demand salary arbitrator for Major League Baseball and a frequent commentator on sports law in the national press.

This course will explore the legal, economic and social aspects of national and international professional and amateur sports. It will focus on judicial, administrative, legislative and arbitration decisions that have created a cohesive body of principles for the resolution of disputes involving athletes, clubs, leagues, spectators, and fans. These decisions address issues of antitrust, labor, torts, contracts and constitutional law. We will pay particular attention to the governance of sports, player reservation systems and player contracts, collective bargaining and salary arbitration, performance-enhancing drugs, franchise free agency, violence in sports, NCAA rules and regulations, gender and handicapped discrimination, and sports agents.

In addition to classroom instruction, our Sports Law and Fenway Park course includes:

  • Private tour of Fenway Park guided by Red Sox insiders
  • Meetings with top-level front office executives
  • Red Sox games (opportunity to purchase tickets)


The School of Law summer program is open to students who have completed the first year of law school in good academic standing at schools approved by the American Bar Association. Students enrolled in the course for credit will write a 20-25 page research paper on a topic approved by Professor Abrams. Individuals who are not are not JD-candidates, but are interested in attending the class, will be allowed to audit the course on a space-available basis.

Join us for Sports Law and many other exciting courses!