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: March 5, 2021

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

Administrative Law

Schedule: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: TBA
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

Schedule: May 17 - June 26, 2021
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 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: May 17 - Aug. 12, 2021
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Polito
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: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
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

Schedule: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
Tue 7:30 - 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.

Evidence

Schedule: May 17 - Aug. 12, 2021
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 17 - June 26, 2021
Mon/Wed/Thu 5:30 - 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.

Interviewing & Counseling

Schedule: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
Tue/Thu 5:30 - 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.

International Domestic Arbitration

Schedule: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
Mon/Wed 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gibson
Credits: 3
Course # 2045

This course explores the key legal and practical issues encountered when resolving disputes through domestic and international arbitration. Arbitration is a private means of dispute resolution where the parties agree to follow private dispute-settlement procedures and to be bound by the decision of an arbitrator of their choice, whose decision in a final award has the same legal force as a court judgment. See full description.

Trademark Law

Schedule: May 17 - June 26, 2021
Tue/Thur 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus Hybrid* (one credit of the course content will be delivered online or through assignments)
Instructor: Grinvald
Credits: 3
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

Schedule: May 17 - June 26, 2021
Mon/Wed 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ferrey/Barlas
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: June 28 - Aug. 12, 2021
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 17 - Aug. 11, 2021
Mon/Wed 7:30 - 9:30 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.