Summer Law Courses

Suffolk Law offers 15 courses during Summer 2023 for law students who are currently earning a JD at Suffolk Law or another law school.

Page Updated: February 8, 2023

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

Advanced Legal Writing

Schedule: May 22- June 29, 2023
Mon/Wed 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kaplan
Credits: 3
Course # 2265

Courses in Advanced Legal Writing 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.

Business Entity Fundamentals

Schedule: June 11 - August 10, 2023
Tues/Thurs 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gibson
Credits: 4
Course # 2136

This course surveys the law governing different types of business entities, ranging from corporations to LLCs and partnerships. The survey explores core foundational issues and highlights the significance of interdisciplinary perspectives. See full description.

Criminal Procedure

Schedule: May 22 - Aug. 10, 2023
Tues/Thurs 5:30pm – 7:10pm
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

Schedule: July 5- August 10, 2023
Tue 7:30 p.m. - 9:35 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.

Environmental Law 

Schedule: July 5-August 10, 2023
Tues/Thurs 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ferrey
Credits: 3
Course # 2160

Examines the legal and policy issues surrounding the rapidly developing areas of environmental law-air and water pollution, energy development/conservation-with a special emphasis on the law of toxic and hazardous waste control. This course refines and applies a combination of skills acquired in the first-year curriculum. Through class discussions and case analysis, the course prepares students to practice as corporate counsel, prosecuting attorneys, public interest attorneys or government counsel in this burgeoning area of the law. See full description.


Schedule: May 22- August 10, 2023
Mon/Wed 7:35 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Dyson
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 22 – July 1, 2023
Mon/Wed/Thu 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Perlin
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.

Intellectual Property

Schedule: May 22-June 29, 2023
TTH 5:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Karnakis
Credits: 3
Course # 2216

Intellectual property law protects creations of the mind: inventions, trade secrets, artistic creations, computer software, brand names and image/persona. This course will provide an overview of the US legal systems that protect such creations, with primary focus on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. The course serves as a basic building block for more advanced intellectual property courses within the Intellectual Property Concentration. This course is strongly recommended as a precursor to Patent Law, Copyright Law, and Trademark Law. See full description.

International Law

Schedule: July 5- August 10, 2023
Mon/Wed 5:30-7:30pm; Thurs 7:35-9:35pm
Instructor: Dillon
Credits: 3
Course # 2220

A survey of public international law, its nature, sources, and application. Some or all of the following topics will be addressed: international agreements, international organizations, including the United Nations, states and recognition, nationality and alien rights, territorial and maritime jurisdiction, state responsibility and international claims, including expropriation and the act of state doctrine, the laws of war, and the developing law of human rights. Students may choose to substitute a paper for the final take home examination. See full description.

Interviewing & Counseling

Schedule: July 5 - Aug. 10, 2023
Tue/Thu 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nokham
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.

Land Use

Schedule: May 22-August 10, 2023
Mon/Wed 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Infranca
Credits: 4
Course # 2421

This course provides a broad introduction to the theory, history, doctrine, and practical implementation of land use regulations. It begins by discussing why and when government regulation, rather than private market ordering, might be necessary to control land use patterns. It then explores in detail specific topics, including, but not limited to, zoning, homeowners' associations, nuisance, suburban sprawl, exactions, eminent domain and regulatory takings. The course examines the rights that an owner of land has if a particular land use regulation is inefficient, unfairly burdensome, unfairly disruptive of the owner's settled expectations, or an infringement upon the owner's civil liberties. It also considers land use issues from the other side, examining the rights of those, frequently neighbors, who oppose the landowner's plans (these project opponents are often neighbors). Readings will be drawn from the leading cases in the field, relevant legislative and administrative materials, as well as commentary by scholars in the fields of law, architecture, and planning. See full description.


Schedule: July 5 - August 10, 2023
Mon/Wed 7:35 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
Instructor: Valentin
Credits 2
Course #2283

Negotiation is a key skill that all practicing lawyers must have. This course teaches the theory and practice of negotiation in a legal context. Class time will focus on practice in simulations and role-plays, discussion of issues and problems raised by class exercises, analysis of videos, and brief lectures by the professor. See full description.

Transactional Skills

Schedule: May 22- June 29, 2023
Mon/Wed 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 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

Schedule: July 5- August 10, 2023
Tue/Thu 5:30 p.m. - 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 22-August 10, 2023
Mon/Wed 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Malley
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.