Special Topics: Comparative Gaming Law - Asian Study Tour

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Course Description

Scheduled for May 2022

LAW 790 Special Topics: Comparative Gaming Law – Asian Study Tour (2 units)
This study tour is designed to provide students with a unique and intensive experience exploring the gaming industry in Macau, Singapore, and Japan. Students will explore the different public policies and goals that lead to the creation of the gaming industries in each jurisdiction and the successes and failures of the implementation of these goals.  Students will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the integrated resorts debate in Japan, get a tour of a leading gaming technology provider in Japan, and visit with major casinos in Singapore and Macau.  Tour participants will meet with casino executives, prominent gaming professionals, the Ministry of Tourism in Japan while having the opportunity to experience the local culture.

Tentative Schedule and Site Visits


Prof. Anthony Cabot Anthony Cabot has practiced gaming law for 37 years and was a former chair of the gaming law practice and executive committee member at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. While in private practice, Chambers Global ranked Cabot as the highest tier (Star) in gaming law for 10 consecutive years, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for gaming law from 2004 – 2017.  Cabot leads the LL.M. in Gaming Law program as faculty director, and has worked with law firms, casino executives, universities, government officials, and gaming companies throughout Asia.

Ngai Pindell is a tenured professor and has been a professor at UNLV since 2000. He teaches and writes in the areas of property law, community development, local government law, and gaming, and has co-edited two gaming law treatises with Professor Cabot on land-based and online gaming.

Program Eligibility

Students must be in good standing at UNLV Law to participate. Students visiting from another ABA accredited law school must have permission from that law school’s dean to participate in the program. Grading and credit for the course is subject to determination by the visiting student’s home school. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for tuition, transportation to Singapore and return from Japan, and the course fee to cover transportation, shared-housing and group activities in Asia.

Tuition is charged at the following per unit rates JD Resident $926, JD Non-Resident $1,350, LLM Resident $1,450, and LLM Non-Resident $1,750 rate.   In addition to tuition, this two unit course will charge a course fee of $2,300.  This course fee will include expenses for shared hotel accommodations in Macau, Singapore, and Japan; flights from Singapore to Macau; flights from Macau to Japan; welcome dinner and closing dinner.

Estimated Budget

The estimated Budget based on tuition costs for the 2019 – 2020 academic year is:

  Resident Non-Resident Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $926 $1,350 $1,450 $1,750
Activity Fee $2,300
Transportation $1,500
Books/Supplies $350

Grading and Attendance

Regular and punctual class attendance is required.  This course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student’s home school.


Exact class locations in Singapore, Macau and Japan are currently TBD.  The website will be updated as soon as locations have been confirmed.

Access for Students with Disabilities

The program will make every effort to be accessible to students with disabilities.  The program recognizes that it is being held in a foreign country where law might be different from U.S. standards.

Additional Notes

  • Students in good standing will be allowed to sign up for this course on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spaces in this course will fill up very quickly. Early applications are recommended.
  • The program might be canceled if the university determines that world events present unreasonable risks for students to travel to the region, or for low student participation. 
  • Students can withdraw from the tour as follows:
    • Before March 1st - forfeit $500 non-refundable deposit
    • After March 1st - forfeit of $500 non-refundable deposit and still be responsible for paying the course fee.
  • Students should not make any travel plans, or incur any expense until the tour is formally confirmed by UNLV Law.  Students will be solely and personally responsible for expenses paid prior to the trip's confirmation. 

Additional Resources

For travel information, please refer to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Gonzales at 702-895-3654 or sarah.gonzales@unlv.edu