University of Pittsburgh
Term: Fall Term 2010-11
Catalog Number: 5093
Class Number: 34926
Class Schedule:
  • Instructor: Larry A Silverman
    Type: Lecture
    Credits: 2.0 Credits
    Enrollment Limit: 30.
    Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5093

    Additional Info

    The course will use a mix of traditional case law, significant decisions decided by arbitrators, the instructor and his guest speakers’ practical experiences, and current sports law issues taken from the sports and sports business pages.

    It is my plan to utilize a mix of lecturing, personal experiences and hypothetical questions drawn from current pending cases and/or issues, with the goal of stimulating class discussion and interaction. I also hope to have 3 to 4 guest speakers on some of the above topics to discuss their experiences and answer questions. I also hope to create debate in the class by taking a particular topic and assigning portions of the class to one side and portions to the other side.

    Grading

    The student’s grade will be based on class participation and a final research paper. Class participation will account for 20% of the grade and will be measured based on a number of criteria, including: the quality (not quantity) of the students remarks in class; the professionalism the student exhibits in class, that is, does he/she think and speak like a lawyer and is he/she respectful of opposing points of view; and the level of preparation exhibited by the remarks, that is, do the remarks indicate the student has read the materials or even gone beyond the materials to secondary sources. As for the final research paper, which will account for 80% of the student’s grade, the paper will be in the form of a memorandum to a Club’s General Counsel on a current issue that relates to one of the topics covered in class. The memo will not exceed 10 pages, single spaced (double spaced between paragraphs). The student will be required to base the paper on a sports law issue he/she finds in publications such as the Sports Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, or a sports law blog. Papers written for this course cannot be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

    Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

    Note:

    Labor Law is recommended

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