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A big misconception is that you need to go to law school to become an agent but that is not the case. I know a handful of professionals who have become agents with no law degree. In fact, many people go to law school to become an agent and end up getting in so much debt that they cant afford to become an agent and have to go take a boring job in finance or real estate just to pay off loans. That being said, if you can afford it by all means a law degree is valuable.
My advice: Look for internships at the major sports agencies i.e Wasserman, CAA, etc.. even if its a mailroom job, you are getting your foot in the door and making CONNECTIONS. Then you can work your way up. Connections are everything in this business and hard workers will rise to the top no matter where they are.
Sports agents have generally gone to law school and gotten their law degree.
A sports agent represents their client's ( the athlete) business interests; contract between the player and the team, endorsements (more contracts), etc.