The Law: Media and Sport
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Whats it all about?
Media and sport. Aint it glamorous? Well, kind of. Fundamentally you are still a lawyer, but if you want to hang out with celebs then this is the field for you.
You will probably be a litigator and be working for a specialist (niche) firm. Sport and media have become a whole lot more combined as the profile of sportspeople, in particular footballers, has risen. More and more sports work has become libel work as footballers get accused of this, that and the other.
There are more sports departments in some of the big firms, but they are fighting for a fairly small portion of work with sports governing bodies such as Uefa, Fifa or the British Olympic Association (BOA).
Of course, there are also in-house positions at some of these organisations. Sara Friend, for example, is the in-house lawyer for the BOA. She played a key role in securing gold for the Equestrian three-day eventing team after the German team was disqualified.
The working culture
While it seems glamorous, media and sports work is not particularly well paid, hence the glut of niche firms working in this area. However, you will not have to wear a tie unless you are a litigator battling it out in court.
Although you may be on the news, it is not all about hanging around with pop stars. You still have to work hard and you still have to be a lawyer. You are also likely to have a fair few less exciting corporate clients too.
Why is this interesting?
A lot of your work may involve acting for high-profile clients such as sports stars and actors. Since sport and media lawyers generally work in specialist or relatively small firms, you will get a lot of responsibility from the start.
A fair amount of charm will be needed, as well as the ability to massage large egos and sometimes bring them into line.