Summer 2017: Courses

NOTICE: This Summer Term page provides information for Summer Term 2017 and has been replaced with the Summer Term 2018 section accessible from the left menu.

There are two sessions within the Summer Term:

Note to current 1LE JD students: Standards of the American Bar Association restricts enrollment in online/distance learning courses for students who have not completed 28 credits toward their Juris Doctor degree.  

Note to international LL.M. students:  The state bars of Massachusetts and New York do not accept credits for distance learning courses earned by foreign educated attorneys when applying to take the bar exams in these states. If you are considering taking an online course, please be sure to confirm whether the course will be accepted by the bar examining committee for the state(s) in which you plan to take the bar exam.

Summer Session I: May 22 - June 23, 2017
Business Organizations (LAW 7605)
Angelo Borselli
No Class Mon., May 29, 2017
3 Credits Class meets: Mon., Wed. and Thurs, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Chase Hall, Room 110
Exam: June 26, 2017

This course analyzes legal issues of the closely held and publicly held corporation. Among the topics considered are: planning for the closed corporation; management and control issues of corporations; the proxy system; duties of officers, directors and controlling shareholders; transactions in shares by directors and others; and public policy implications of the publicly held corporation. Although primary consideration is given to the corporation, the course also includes some materials on partnership law.

Negotiation (LAW 7836)
Professor Roger Reynolds
No Class Mon., May 29, 2017
3 Credits

Class meets: Mon., Wed., and Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Chase Hall, Room 210

Is about the process, skills, theory and ethics of negotiation. The ability to negotiate effectively is central to the work of lawyers. The great majority of matters handled by attorneys on behalf of clients involve the negotiation process in some way. Students in this course will learn a variety of negotiation approaches, and will have multiple opportunities to practice and analyze the constituent skills of negotiation, through in-class simulations, out-of-class role playing exercises, demonstrations and class discussions.

Summer Session II: July 5 - August 4, 2017
Legal Writing, Advanced(LAW 7840)
Professor Mary Beattie
2 credits/3rd Credit Option Available Class Meets: Mon. and Wed., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Chase Hall, Room 210

Has practical and theoretical goals: (1) to have students practice and improve their legal writing and editing skills; and (2) describe the structure, language and use of authority in legal writing, emphasizing how legal grammar changes depending on the writer's goal and the needs of the audience. Each student is expected to complete a series of writing exercises designed to simulate the types of writing typically required of attorneys. The submissions for these exercises are either evaluated by the instructor(s) or used as a vehicle for the students to engage in self-evaluation of their own work.

Legal Regulation of Art and Public Culture (LAW 7889)
Professor Catherine McGovern & Professor Peter McGovern
3 Credits Class Meets: Mon., Wed., and Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Chase Hall, Room 110
With instructor permission, students have the option of satisfying the writing requirement.

This course focuses largely upon public law issues surrounding the legal regulation of art, assigning particular attention to the problem of balancing the interests of owners, visual and performance artists, and the public in creating a system of legal governance. Among the topics examined are the protection of art works through existing intellectual property regimes; obscenity, parody, and defamation; artists' moral and economic rights; museum board fiduciary responsibilities and deaccession; government funding for the arts; reparation of stolen art; cultural property and issues of cultural identity; and the challenge of new technologies for art law. International and comparative aspects of art law will be addressed. The seminar is neither an entertainment law course nor a survey of private art law practice.

Summer Session I and II: May 22 - August 4, 2017
Individual Externship Seminar
Professor Jennifer Mailly
1 Credit Class meets: Thursdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Starr 07

Taken in addition to an individual externship, this course satisfies the Practice Based Learning Requirement.

This is an optional seminar for students concurrently enrolled in an individual externship, but it is required for any student seeking to have the externship satisfy the Practice-Based Learning Requirement.  The seminar will explore practical, ethical, and professional-role issues that students are likely to encounter in their externship field placement.  Through assigned readings, class discussions and role-play exercises, students will learn to navigate a legal office environment; to detect, diagnose and effectively respond to problems that arise; to form and nurture rewarding professional relationships; and to derive the maximum possible educational benefit from their externship.  Students will be required to reflect critically on their field placement experience and systematically evaluate its effectiveness in developing their substantive knowledge, practice skills, and professional identity.  The seminar will also help students use their externship to maximize opportunities for subsequent employment placement and career advancement.  In order to participate in this seminar, students must simultaneously enroll in an individual externship of at least three (3) credits.  The seminar instructor will serve  as the faculty advisor for the student's individual externship.  Enrolled students must attend the mandatory externship orientation program, which takes place prior to the start of the seminar.  Co-requisite: Individual Externship (LAW 7996).