RALEIGH, N.C. — Campbell Law School is offering a sports law clinic. This comes after the NCAA’s July announcement that student-athletes can now make money off their name, image and likeness (NIL).
What You Need To Know
Campbell Law School announced it is offering a sports law clinic
In July, the NCAA announced students can now profit off their name, image and likeness
The goal is to help student-athletes navigate contracts and deals before signing anything
The school says more than a dozen third-year law students will be enrolled in the clinic. Student-athletes will be able to get advice on contracts and deals. Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard believes this clinic will help students who can’t afford to hire an agent or attorney to represent them.
“Soccer players, field hockey players, volleyball players who are not going to be able to command that sort of attention from the market, but none the less, have a valuable resource in their own name, image and likeness. Those are the students I think we will be most beneficial for,” Leonard said.
The goal is to help young athletes understand what they're getting into before they sign on the dotted line.
"We had a colloquium here at the law school and just heard horror story after horror story of 18- and 19-year-olds who were signing away their futures for tennis shoes and T-shirts because it just came in the mail, 'sign here for free tennis shoes,'” Leonard said.
Leonard says he has already heard there’s interest in the clinic.
“The Associate Athletic Director at N.C. State is waiting with bated breath for us to announce that we are up and running. I’ve talked to him three or four times this week. And of course, our own Campbell athletes are waiting to get started,” Leonard said.