Dec 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Juris Doctor/Master in Sport Business Leadership (JD/MSBL)


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Maylon Hanold, EdD, Director

School of Law
Annette Clark, MD, JD, Dean
John Eason, JD, LL.M, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Donna Claxton Deming, JD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Participants in the JD/MSBL Joint Degree Program must spend their first year in the School of Law. Once the student has completed the required first year courses in the School of Law, he or she may then take courses in both the JD and MSAL programs. Because the School of Law operates on a semester system and the rest of the university operates on a quarter system, joint program participants must carefully coordinate their schedules with the Associate Dean for Students in the School of Law and the Director of the MSAL program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements for the Joint Degree Program

Students are required to be admitted separately to both the School of Law and the Albers School of Business and Economics and should consult the Graduate Catalog for the specific admissions requirements for each school. Students may be admitted to both schools before starting in the joint program; alternatively, students may seek admission to the MSBL program during their first year of law school. In any case, students will be expected to meet the respective school’s admissions deadlines for the coming year.

Length of Program

The length of time required to complete the joint degree program is between 3 and 4 years for full-time students. The length of time required for completion of the joint degree program may be longer if the student is part-time.

Credit Requirements

Students in the joint program are required to complete 90 semester credits for the JD degree and 48 quarter credits for the MSBL degree. In the joint degree program, students can satisfy the requirements for each degree by using a specified number of crossover credits to be chosen from a list of approved courses in each school. This allows the student, whether full-time or part-time, to complete the two degrees in a shorter period of time than if the student sought to obtain the JD and MSBL degrees independently. Of the 90 semester credits required for the JD degree, 10 semester credits can be satisfied by 15 quarter credits chosen from a list of specified courses from the MSBL program (listed below). Of the 48 quarter credits required for the MSBL degree, a student enrolled in the joint degree program may satisfy up to 12 of the quarter credits with 8 semester credits earned in the law school from a list of approved courses (listed below). Joint degree students will be required to take Sports Law in the School of Law. One quarter credit is the equivalent of .67 semester credits. So, for example, a 3 quarter credit crossover MSBL course could be used to satisfy 2 semester credits for the JD degree.

Joint JD/MSBL Degree Summary

  • Students must be admitted to both programs under the programs’ standard requirements.
  • Students may be admitted to the joint degree program before beginning any studies. Alternatively, first year students in the School of Law may apply for admission to the joint degree program during the fall semester.
  • Joint JD/MSBL students must complete their first year in the School of Law before taking MSBL courses.

Crossover Courses for Joint Degree Program


The following courses can be used to satisfy credit towards the juris doctor and master of sports administration and leadership degrees. Not all courses are offered each quarter, semester, or year, and some courses may require particular sequencing or have prerequisites. Crossover credit will not be granted for courses that are substantially similar to courses already taken in the other school.

School of Law


  • Administrative Law (ADMN-300)
  • Antitrust Law (ANTI-300)
  • Business Entities (BUSN-300)
  • Copyright Law (INTP-320)
  • Dispute Resolution (ALDR-300)
  • Drafting Legal Documents (WRIT-325)
  • Employment Discrimination (EMPL-315)
  • Employment Law (EMPL-300)
  • Intellectual Property (INTP-300)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Lab (INTP-301)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Law (INTP-310)
  • Labor Law Private Section (EMPL-305)
  • Products Liability (TORT-300)
  • Sports Law (SPRT-310) (required in lieu of SADL 504)
  • Trademark Administration Lab (INTP-316)
  • Trademark Law (INTP-315)

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