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Olympic & International Sports Law
This course is a unique, hands on class combining theory and practice where students will learn about sports dispute resolution and management in the context of international sports and the Olympic Games

The Program

The program will combine daily lectures and practical case simulations with site visits, guest speakers, and experts from international sports organizations. The course will cover the law and processes involved in dispute resolution of U.S., European, Olympic, and international sports, with a focus on the management and resolution of disputes in the administration of anti-doping, eligibility, organizational rules, as well as media and crisis management in the face of high profile disputes in sport.

Among others, we plan to hear from or visit with the British Olympic Association,          UK Anti-Doping Agency, professional football (that's soccer to us) executives, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrators and lawyers, and hear first-hand from former London 2012 Summer Olympic organizing executives and lawyers.

See where and how it all happened--including a visit to the Olympic Park and a briefing on how London incorporated legacy criteria into its Olympic bid and how it is living up to its commitment. You will learn about the law governing dispute resolution in sports and acquire 2 units of credit toward your degree in one of the world's great cities.

Read about last year's inaugural program here and see why we are offering Olympic & International Sports Law again this year by popular demand! 

The Faculty

We have a superb line-up of professors to introduce you to this fascinating topic. From the author of one of the leading sports law textbooks, to an experienced arbitrator and the faculty:

Pepperdine Professor Maureen Weston, author of Sports Law: Cases & Materials

Adjunct Professor Jeffrey G. Benz former U.S. Olympic Committee General Counsel and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrator


Housing will be provided through Imperial College which is located right behind Pepperdine. The rooms are all singles with en-suite bathrooms and breakfast is included.  The rooms are  brand new and are provided with tea and coffee making facilities.  The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and towels and bed sheets are changed every three days.

Facilities include: Individual internet and telephone access, 24 hours reception service, fully-equipped coin operated laundry room, vending vestibule & ATM located on ground level, and communal areas.


Pepperdine's campus on Exhibition Road in South Kensington/Knightsbridge is located in the vicinity of three of London's popular museums: the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum. Our "neighbors" include the world famous Royal Albert Hall which hosts concerts and sporting events;  Hyde Park for your morning run, Kensington Palace for a tour or tea and Harrods to "shed a few pounds" (no it is not a health club!).  Buckingham Palace is a short tube ride away as well as a myriad of cultural opportunities -- from museums, to cafes and gastronomic opportunities, pubs and clubs, and retail therapy should you need it. As students, many discounted opportunities are available to you for theatre, cinema and travel, so bring your university student ID card with you.

Program Costs

Tuition is charged on a per-unit basis ($1,650 per-unit) or $3,300 for the two-unit program.

Housing is available, at the option of the student, on a pre-arranged flat fee basis of $1,350 which includes 13 nights. This is a very good price for a single room with en suite bathroom in the center of London and a two minute walk to Pepperdine. Students are welcome to find their own housing but do so immediately as the longer you wait the more expensive or further away the housing will be.  If you would like to use the Imperial College housing you need to sign up as soon as possible.

Students should plan to arrive in London on Sunday, July 28, and depart on Saturday, August 10.

A $500 activity fee will cover class travel on the tube, some group meals, tours, a cultural event and other activities.

Class materials will be online to the extent that it is possible. Any printed materials will be distributed in London at no charge to the student.

Students should also budget for personal travel and entertainment expenses which can vary depending on the exchange rate.

The following represents a cost estimate for the Olympic & International Sports Law Program. 

Item  Cost
Tuition (for 2 units at $1,650 per unit)  $3,300
Single room w bath incl breakfast (flat-rate for 13 nights)  $1,350
Activity Fee     $500
Total   $5,150


Applying for the Olympic & International Sports Law Program

A $200 deposit is required to secure your place. This will be applied toward the cost of the program and becomes non-refundable on June 17, 2013.

Your place is not secure until your application form and deposit have been received. Placement is on a first come, first served basis.

Visiting students should apply via this page.

Pepperdine students should apply via this page.

The deposit becomes non-refundable on Monday, June 17, 2013

Due to the financial commitments that have to be made in London in order to secure housing, summer housing must be paid in full by Monday, June 17, 2013.

Pepperdine students may pay the deposit via the Student Services section of WaveNet. From inside Student Services, click on the "Make a Payment" link and make the appropriate payment (deposit). The deposit may be paid by eCheck, which is an electronic check payment option without a convenience fee. The deposit posts to your student account immediately and will post to any balances due on your student account so be sure to pay owing charges in full before submitting your deposit. Once the payment is made, please send Nancy Eisenberg an e-mail notification from your Pepperdine e-mail account to: with the subject line of "London Deposit for Olympic & Sports Law."

It is important to keep your Personal Information (local address/phone) updated in WaveNet.

Passport Information: You will need a current passport that does not expire prior to the end of the course.

If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Nancy Eisenberg on 310 506 4981 or at

If you have any questions regarding financial aid for Pepperdine students, please contact Steve Chaparro on 310 506 4633 or at .

For questions regarding the program in general, email: Professor Graffy, Director of Off Campus Education at .

General Program Policies

Students can find our general program policies here which includes cancellation policies applicable to the Olympic & International Sports Program.