Course Description

Diploma in Sports Law

Diploma in Sports Law is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 6 months. Diploma in Sports Law gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Sports Law at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma will provide participants with an insight into the dynamic area of sports law, both domestically and internationally. Modules will address practical issues which practitioners from the smallest to the largest firms can advise on. The course begins with a look at the regulation and governance of the sport sector and identifies and discusses the sporting governing bodies. It outlines how to set up a club and reviews the rules that need to be followed.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Governance and regulation

  • Sporting bodies,
  • Organisational structure; setting up a club,
  • Rules and regulations,
  • Taxation of sports organisations,
  • Funding and grant applications; lottery licences,
  • EU law and sport.

Module 2: Commercialisation of sport

  • Sponsorship agreements,
  • Ambush marketing,
  • Broadcasting,
  • Ticketing,
  • Merchandising.

Module 3: Membership

  • Player and management liability,
  • Protection of players,
  • Club policies and procedures,
  • Social media policies,
  • Equality and discrimination,
  • Child protection,
  • Data protection.

Module 4: Player rights

  • IP and media rights,
  • Image and player rights,
  • Player contracts and rights protection.

Module 5: Key issues in sport

  • Corruption in sport,
  • Violence in sport,
  • Concussion; second impact syndrome,
  • Gambling and manipulation of sports,
  • Sport and technology.

Module 6: Anti-doping

  • Application of the WADA Code,
  • Therapeutic use exemption,
  • Testing and exemptions,
  • Sanctions.

Module 7: Disciplinary procedures

  • Disciplinary codes,
  • Internal disciplinary procedures,
  • On-field offences,
  • Dispute resolution bodies,
  • Arbitration in sport,
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport,
  • Suspensions and appeals,
  • Challenging decisions.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Sports Law
Course Start Date23/10/2024
Course End Date05/03/2025
Course Duration6 months
Course Fee€2,660.00
Entry RequirementsThis course is suitable for the following: -Solicitors, barristers, and trainees working in sports law, or aspiring to do so; -Professionals with an interest in sports law; -Professionals working in national/international sports governing bodies; -Professionals currently working in the area of sports administration or coaching who wish to broaden the scope and depth of their sports law knowledge; -Athletes who wish to add to their skillset; -Individuals who volunteer/are committee members of a sports club. We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €335.
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