Published: April 24, 2020

Dear students, 

I hope this message finds all of you healthy and well.

In recent years, the law school has offered very few summer courses, and this was a deliberate decision. It is critical for law students to gain work experience, and summer is obviously the best time to do so. In addition, our concern about student indebtedness cannot be overstated; for some students, the decision to take summer courses means taking on additional loans.

However, as is obvious, this is a uniquely challenging time. Under current conditions, summer employment opportunities for law students appear to be more limited. Thus, we’ve decided to offer a selection of summer courses. Taking a summer course might free some of your schedule during the school year for work experience, either through an externship or otherwise. If you are not able to find full-time employment, it might give you a welcome opportunity to remain engaged with the law school community over the summer. Finally, for a few of you, it might help you to accomplish your plan of graduating early, thus saving money in the long run.

We’ve chosen these courses in particular as courses with high demand during the academic year, or, in the case of Negotiations, a course that we were not able to offer during the 2020-21 year. These courses will be offered remotely, as the campus requires. Please note that even though the courses will be offered remotely, they will be graded in accordance with normal law school rules.

We are offering:

Maymester: May 11-29 (Students can only take one course during the Maymester session)

  • LAWS 7051 Transactional Drafting (2 credits)—Professor Amy Bauer (Online): Capped at 19 students. *Note that this class is a fully "online" course, meaning that it is taught asynchronously (recorded materials, not live Zoom classes).
  • LAWS 6363 Evidence & Trial Practice (5 credits)—Professor Colene Robinson (Hybrid Remote/Online): Generally meets 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, capped at 20 students. This course combines Trial Advocacy and Evidence and meets the Evidence graduation requirement.  

June (see below for specific dates)

  • LAWS 6211 Corporations (3 credits)—Professor Erik Gerding (Hybrid Remote/Online): Course will meet June 1-25 (will be scheduled in BVS term). Exam on June 26. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. No enrollment cap.

July (B term): July 7-August 7

  • LAWS 7051 Transactional Drafting (2 credits)—Professor Amy Bauer (Online): Capped at 20 students.
  • LAWS 6226 Advanced Legal Writing: Immigration Law (2 credits)—Professor Megan Hall (Hybrid Remote/Online): Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-11:15 a.m., plus additional 2.5 hours of instructional time per student per week in the form of individual and small-group meetings (to take place at set times each week, TBD). Capped at 20 students.

Modified Augmester (August 3-14)

  • LAWS 7409 Legal Negotiations (3 credits)—Professor Erik Gerding (Hybrid Remote/Online): Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- Noon, [break] 1-3:45 p.m. No enrollment cap.

We will hold an information session about summer courses on Wednesday, April 29 at noon in Zoom Room 205. In the meantime, you can learn more about each course, see frequently asked questions, and ask your own questions here.

Be well, 
S. James Anaya
Dean and University Distinguished Professor