Summer Law Courses

Suffolk Law offers 12 courses during Summer 2020 for law students who are currently earning a JD at Suffolk Law or another law school.

Page Updated: May 8, 2020

All Summer Boston classes will be offered online only with no in-person session.

Administrative Law - FULL

Schedule: June 29 - Aug. 13, 2020
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: Landers
Credits: 3
Course # 2020 Hybrid*

This course involves the study of the organization, function and procedures of state and federal administrative agencies, including the investigatory, rule-making, adjudicatory, and enforcement functions of such agencies, and judicial review of administrative action. These topics are considered in the context of relevant provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and comparable provisions of Model State APA's. Practice strategies for government, private, and public interest lawyers are explored. See full description.

Advanced Legal Writing - FULL

Schedule: May 18 - June 27, 2020
Tue 5:30 - 9:35 p.m. & Thu 7:35 - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Kaplan
Credits: 3
Course # 2265

Courses in Advanced Legal Writing - FULL build proficiency in the legal analysis, research and writing skills introduced in the first-year Legal Practice Skills course. In most sections of the course, students will produce writings that simulate the work that lawyers perform in one specific legal context chosen by the professor, such as criminal litigation, appellate practice, intellectual property litigation, or international law. See full description.

Criminal Procedure

Schedule: June 29 - Aug. 13, 2020
Mon/Wed/Thu 7:35 - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Borenstein
Credits: 3
Course # 2605

This course involves analysis and discussion of decisions in the area of intersection between the Constitution and the criminal process with special emphasis on arrest; search and seizure; privilege against self-incrimination; entrapment; pre-trial identification; bail; prosecutorial discretion; grand jury; professional responsibility; habeas corpus. See full description.

Employment Law - FULL

Schedule: May 18 - June 27, 2020
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: Lev
Credits: 3
Course # 2154 Hybrid*

This course provides a broad survey of the legal implications of the employment relationship, primarily outside of collective bargaining environments. Wrongful discharge claims, employment contracts, conditions of work, employment discrimination, and workplace safety are among the topics covered. While the main focus is practical, we also spend time examining the social and economic implications of regulating the employment relationship. See full description.

Evidence

Schedule: May 18 - Aug. 13, 2020
Mon/Wed 7:35 - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Golden
Credits: 4
Course # 2166

Evidence will develop the principles, decisions, and jurisdictional choices, relating to the presentation of facts, within the context of the adversarial trial system. Emphasis will be placed upon the Federal Rules of Evidence, applied to issues of: relevance; character and credibility; hearsay; examination of witnesses; opinions; scientific proof; law and fact; functions of the judge and the jury; testimonial, circumstantial and real evidence; competency and privilege; examination and cross examination of witnesses; best evidence rule, parole evidence rule, hearsay exceptions, and burdens of proof. See full description.

Family Law

Schedule: May 18 - June 27, 2020
Mon/Wed/Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: DeSantis
Credits: 3
Course # 2185

Survey of Family Law issues including the factual and legal underpinnings of marriage and divorce; state regulation of marriage and divorce; jurisdictional requirements including venue and domicile; grounds for divorce and separate support; alimony uniform and federal laws; division of marital property; custody and visitation of children; adoption; state intervention in child custody matters; domestic violence; assisted conception; domestic partnership; and the constitutional issues attendant to all of the above. See full description.

Interviewing & Counseling

Schedule: June 29 - Aug. 13, 2020
Tue/Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Pizzano
Credits: 2
Course # 2225

This course is designed to raise the student's level of awareness of the interaction between the lawyer and client and train the student in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice. Among topics included are: the initial interview active and passive listening, the reluctant client, decision making, lawyer and client, who's in charge, and selected ethical considerations. Techniques will include extensive role-playing by each student, student observation, and critique by the students and the instructor. See full description.

International Business Transactions

Schedule: June 29 - Aug. 13, 2020
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: Gibson
Credits: 3
Course # 2224 Hybrid*

This course is intended to introduce students to the many legal issues generated by international business transactions and related international trade. With the significant growth in international commerce and trade, and the powerful forces of economic and social globalization, there is an increasing likelihood that lawyers will confront international commercial legal issues more frequently during their professional careers. The aim in this course is to generate vigorous learning and discussion of the many legal and related commercial and prudential issues that arise in international business transactions. See full description.

Trademark Law

Schedule: May 18 - June 27, 2020
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: Grinvald
Credits: 2
Course # 2362 Hybrid*

This course will cover how trademarks rights are obtained, protected, and enforced, with a focus on common law rights as well as federal registration under the Lanham Act. Recent significant developments in the areas of trade dress protection and dilution will also be addressed. See full description.

Transactional Skills - FULL

Schedule: May 18 - June 27, 2020
Tue 5:30 - 9:35 p.m. & Thu 7:35 - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Ferrey
Credits: 3
Course # 2986

Transactional lawyers need to be able to apply their substantive knowledge and expertise to the real-world transactional deals of their clients. This course is intended to help students prepare for the practice of law by providing foundational skills for commercial and transactional law practice. Students will learn about the role of transactional lawyers, while focusing on the basic skills of translating the business deal into contract concepts, drafting commercial agreements, and analyzing contract terms. See full description.

Trial Advocacy - FULL

Schedule: June 29 - Aug. 13, 2020
Tue/Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bolden
Credits: 2
Course # 2009

The focus is on having each student participate in various phases of a trial. Students will be asked to select a jury, make an opening statement, conduct a direct cross-examination, examine an expert, and give a closing statement. Classes consist of short lectures on each topic followed by student participation based on fact situations. Evidence is helpful but not a prerequisite. See full description.

Trusts & Estates

Schedule: May 18 - Aug. 13, 2020
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Spivack
Credits: 4
Course # 2500

This course provides a basic introduction to the management and transfer of private wealth through the use of Wills, Intestate Statutes, Trusts and Powers of Appointment. Consideration will be given to the theoretical and practical relationships among them. As such, the course is a combination of the two-credit course in Estates and the two-credit course in Trusts. See full description.