MLS Specialization Perfect Match For Aspiring Sports Agent
It’s almost as if Loyola Law School, Los Angeles created its Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS) Sports Law Specialization with student Mario Phillips (LMU ’00, LLS ’20) in mind.
Before enrolling in the program, the graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration was already active in the world of sports, notching experience as a scout for a collegiate recruiting firm, a writer for a popular baseball blog, and founder and president of a boutique sports agency focused on representing professional baseball players.
Now Phillips, who also serves as a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force, is taking things a step farther.
"Enrolling in the MLS program this past fall was the first step in providing me the foundation to succeed as a sports agent," Phillips says. "An MLS degree will provide me the skills to succeed as an athlete agent and further my career in sports."
Specifically, Phillips believes the practical contract drafting skills, negotiations training and legal writing will be a huge benefit in his sports agency endeavors, and that they will nicely complement the leadership skills he harnessed at LMU and in the military.
Phillips adds that it can be a challenge to attend classes four times a week while working full time, but the MLS evening class schedule helps make it possible. He has yet to miss a class this academic year. With the compelling content and program personalities, he has good reason to avoid absences.
"The highlights of the program so far have been meeting professors who are at the top of their game in their respective specialties, and meeting fellow LLS students, many of whom bring significant experience to the table," Phillips says.
"The Loyola network is strong and a significant advantage for graduates once they step out into industry."