Gerald M. Slater, Esq.
Jerry joined the office as Suffolk University Law School’s first Assistant Dean of Professional and Career Development in October 2012. Jerry oversees all professional and career development services for full and part-time law students and serves on the law school’s Executive Council, as well as its Curriculum, Judicial and Public Interest Committees. He works with law school faculty, legal employers and practice experts to develop new curricula and programs to prepare students for 21st century practice and is a co-author of “Stop Thinking and Start Doing: Three-Year Accelerator-to-Practice Program as a Market-Based Solution for Legal Education,” 43 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y, 55 (2013).
Before joining Suffolk Law in October 2012, Jerry served as the Director for Administration of Northeastern University School of Law's Office of Cooperative Legal Education where he managed the law school’s signature legal internship program. Prior to his years in academia, he worked in private practice at Seyfarth Shaw and the former Day Berry & Howard in the areas of business, labor and employment law. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, and holds both an MA and BA in Political Science from McGill University.
What are your favorite Suffolk Law memories?
"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 headquarters at the Prudential Tower. It forever changed my family’s life and opportunities."