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Comparative Dimensions of

Sports & Entertainment Law and Property Law

Program

Comparative Dimensions of Sports & Entertainment and Property Law offers a unique opportunity to law students interested in becoming acquainted with the complex realities of Sports & Entertainment Law, and Comparative Property Law according to the legal systems of the United States, Spain, and the European Union.  The extraordinary intellectual influence, rich culture, tradition, artistic heritage of Seville, and its unique role throughout the centuries as a global hub makes it the perfect location for an impactful summer experience.

The two specially designed courses offered this summer integrate key legal concepts from the laws, legal institutions, and professional legal practice in the United States, Spain, and the European Union.  As a way to enhance the academic and cultural experience, Comparative Dimensions of Sports & Entertainment and Property Law will also include several educational, cultural, and social activities in Seville and Madrid, including workshops, guided visits, lectures, and opportunities for professional development.

Students willing to experience a deeper immersion into the Spanish legal system and its culture, and improve their Spanish language skills may also choose among several optional academic and/or professional opportunities offered in addition to the main program.

Comparative Dimensions of Sports & Entertainment and Property Law FIU is led by FIU Law’s world-class, distinguished, and fully bilingual faculty, in cooperation with faculty from the University of Seville Law School.  2018 will be a particularly special year for our program, as we will be joining the University of Seville in celebrating its 500-year anniversary.

Course descriptions and faculty

Sports & Entertainment Law (3 credits) Law 7844 | Professor Manuel A. Gómez, Associate Dean of International & Graduate Studies, FIU Law

This course will focus on the application of various legal doctrines to sports activities, and the various complex contractual issues facing attorneys representing clients in the entertainment industry.  Representative topics include the regulation of amateur athletics, public regulation of sports, legal relationships and structures in professional sports, legal issues involved in representation of professional athletes, sports and entertainment related dispute resolution (domestic and transnational litigation, international and sports arbitration), and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards related to sports and entertainment disputes.  Special emphasis is placed on the United States and Spain, but some aspects of the legal systems of other countries may also be examined in order to expand the comparative scope of the course. Readings and discussion in class will be supplemented with visits to Spanish legal institutions, in Seville and Madrid, and academic events on special topics related to the course. [This course will not count toward the Intellectual Property Certificate at FIU Law].

Comparative Property Law (3 credits) Law 6831 | Professor Eloisa Rodriguez-Dod, Professor of Law, FIU Law

This course offers the students an opportunity to study a comparative analysis of a wide array of property law issues in differing property law systems. Topics may include rights in personal property, present and future interests, marital property, real estate transactions and financing, landlord/tenant law, and takings. These concepts may be examined in either a commercial or residential context. Students interested in property law generally and in transnational property transactions would benefit from an understanding of the differing property law systems.

Other academic information

  • Courses are subject to the academic standards and regulations at FIU Law, and are exempted from the normalization requirement.
  • Classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Some additional activities and site visits will be during the afternoons

The Summer Study Abroad Program at the Universidad de Sevilla is sponsored by FIU Law, a school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Highlights

  • In-depth study of contemporary legal topics related to Sports & Entertainment, and Property Law from a comparative perspective
  • Overview to the legal system, institutions, and legal cultures of Spain, and the European Union
  • Guided visits to legal institutions in Seville, and Madrid
  • English instruction with the possibility of enrolling in additional activities in Spanish.
  • Courses taught by faculty with extensive international and comparative law experience
  • Guest lectures by University of Seville law professors, and other distinguished speakers
  • Professional development, networking, educational, social activities and other opportunities of immersion into the cultures of Spain and surrounding nations

Eligibility requirements

  • Have completed the first year curriculum, be enrolled, and in good academic standing at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Hold a valid passport to travel to Spain.
  • Submit required forms and documents
  • Pay non-refundable Registration fee ($275).
  • Pay travel insurance premium ($175)
  • Attend personal or phone interview
  • Complete pre-departure orientation by May 1st, 2018.

Registration, Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid

Payable to FIU

  • Tuition (6 credits) $ 4,500
  • Registration fee    $ 275
  • Travel insurance    $ 175

Estimated individual expenses

  • Housing and meals $ 1,500
  • Airfare (MIA-SVQ-MIA) $ 1,200
  • Miscellaneous expenses $    500

These amounts are for reference only as individual expenses vary from student to student.  Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel, lodging, and related expenses.

Tuition 2018: The tuition of $4,500 for the six-week program covers two 3-credit courses. Registered students are required to all take six credits

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for FIU Law students through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, RDB 1044. Contact Michelle Pestaina, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 305.348.8006. Students from other law schools should inquire about the availability of assistance at their own schools’ financial aid offices.

How to Register

COL Study Abroad Registration at FIU Global Affairs

  1. Complete online registration through FIU Study Abroad portal here. Follow instructions, complete and upload the documents requested. Pay the mandatory fee of $175.00 for Health Insurance to cover you during your trip abroad.
  2. Pay a non-refundable $275 FIU Law registration fee, via the COL Registration Deposit Payment or with a check or money order payable to FIU paid in person at the International & Graduate Studies office (RDB 2073)
  3. Non-FIU Law students, additionally have to complete the FIU Visiting Student Application and mail it in original form with the required documents to Lisbeth D’Lima (ldlima@fiu.edu) at the International & Graduate Studies Office at FIU Law.

Cancellation Policy

FIU Law reserves the right to cancel this program at any time or make changes, modifications or substitutions to the program.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities who may require specific accommodations while studying abroad should contact Lisbeth D’Lima (ldlima@fiu.edu) at the International & Graduate Studies Office at FIU Law.

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