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Barbara Osborne, J.D.

Professor – Sport Administration
Law/Sport Administration Dual Degree Coordinator

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
309 Woollen CB# 8605
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-8605

(919) 962-5173
(919) 962-6325 (FAX) 


Barbara Osborne, J.D., is a Professor and Law/Sport Administration Dual Degree Coordinator. Prior to her appointment at UNC in 1998, she worked for 14 years as an athletics administrator in intercollegiate athletics. While working at Brandeis University as the Senior Woman Administrator and Associate Athletics Director, Barbara completed her law degree at Boston College Law School. She also has experience as a coach, public relations coordinator, television sports commentator, publisher, and sports information director. Barbara teaches Legal Issues in College Sport and NCAA Governance and Compliance in the graduate program, as well as Legal Aspects of Sport, Discrimination and Sport, and Women and Sport in the undergraduate program. She holds a secondary appointment teaching Sport Law at the UNC Law School. Barbara advises the Sport and Entertainment Law Association student organization.



  • Legal issues in intercollegiate athletics
  • Women’s issues in intercollegiate athletics
  • Medical safety issues in sport



J.D., Boston College Law School, Newton, MA, 1997.

M.Ed., Human Movement (Sport Management Concentration), Boston University, Boston, MA, 1989.

B.A., cum laude, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, 1982.



North Carolina Bar Association, admitted October 2002.

Massachusetts Bar Association, admitted October 1997.

National Sports Law Institute, member, 1998 – present.

North American Society for Sport Management, member, 1998 – present.

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, member, 1990 – present.

Sport and Recreation Law Association, 1999 – present.

Sports Lawyers Association, 1999 – present.

Women’s Sports Foundation, member, 1990 – present.

Association of Women Faculty and Professionals, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, member, 1998 – present.