Sport and the law @MLS – Join the Melbourne Sports Law Association

Believe it or not, there is more to the law than construction contracts, torts problems, and 400-page High Court judgments. If you are looking for a way to combine your interest in sport with your legal career, then make sure you check out the Melbourne Sports Law Association in 2023.

MSLA is one of the Melbourne Law School’s newest student associations. It aims to provide opportunities for MLS students to engage with legal issues in sport, learn more about the way sports organisations and codes are governed, and find out how legal professionals can carve out a career in this rapidly evolving field. Read on to find out about MSLA’s plans for 2023, and how you can get involved. 

What does MSLA do?

MSLA has three kinds of initiatives which they regularly organise throughout the semester. 

The first is legal commentary and publications. MSLA runs a Sports Law Blog which provides an avenue for students to actively engage, investigate and comment on important issues in the world of sports law and governance. Past contributions to the blog include commentary on the APL’s decision to move the A-league final to Sydney, and potential legal issues raised by that decision, as well as a piece investigating the role of International Sporting Bodies in evacuating female athletes from Afghanistan. If there is an issue in the world of sports law that interests you, consider pitching for the MSLA blog here.

MSLA’s second initiative is to help students maximise their social and physical wellbeing. MSLA organises sporting activities so that  MLS students take some time to close their textbooks, step away from the computer and focus on their physical health and wellbeing. 

And finally, MSLA undertakes a range of events and activities to assist students with careers and networking within this niche field of sports law and governance. Past speakers have included counsel who have acted for the AFL in tribunal matters, experts on international sports arbitration, and distinguished academics in this niche field of the law. 

How do I get involved? 

By liking MSLA on Facebook, you can stay up to date with their monthly blog posts, events and member updates. MSLA are also  periodically involved in events, fundraisers and competitions external to the MLS. This includes the Melbourne Marathon in 2022, which saw the 21-member MSLA team take on various distances to raise funds for YouthLaw, a community legal centre located near MLS which provides legal assistance to individuals aged under 25. 

If you want to take the next step and get involved with running MSLA, the Committee welcomes all MLS students to get involved with their committee. For first-year students, MSLA will soon advertise for two first-year representatives. If that sounds like a position that you’d like to add to your Linkedin, keep an eye on MSLA’s social media to find out how to apply. 
To stay in touch with MSLA, follow them on Facebook or bookmark their website. If you have any burning questions, you can get in contact with MSLA via email at