Assistant Dean, Professional & Career Development

  • BA, McGill University
  • MA, McGill University
  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law

What did you like about being a lawyer?

I like helping people. I remember once I represented a man appealing the denial of a social security disability claim. I assembled the facts in the way needed to prevail on appeal and I’ll always remember how great I felt when he hugged me and told me that because we won the appeal he could keep his apartment. You can’t beat that!

What are your favorite Suffolk Law memories?

One this year, one 46 years ago. This year, I got to play a small part in helping a student who once had no place of his own to live get hired at one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. Forty-five years ago, I saw my father graduate from Suffolk Law’s night program. He went from working as a chemist in Gillette’s South Boston lab to becoming a patent attorney for Gillette in its corporate headquarter at the Prudential Tower. It forever changed my family’s life and opportunities.

How should students prepare for a career in law?

Focus on customer and community service, creative problem solving, research and analysis. Engage in all these in school, service learning opportunities, student organizations, internships, part-time and summer jobs. Read up on the future practice of law in books like “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” by Richard Susskind.

Dean Slater oversees all professional and career development programs and services for approximately 1,400 full and part-time Suffolk Law students. Prior to joining academia, Dean Slater worked in private practice at Seyfarth Shaw and the former Day Berry & Howard in the areas of business, labor and employment law.