Summer 2018: Courses

NOTICE: This Summer Term page provides information for Summer Term 2018 and has been replaced with the Summer Term 2019 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:  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 21 - June 22, 2018
Contract Drafting (LAW 7573)
Professor Jessica Rubin

3 Credits

Class meets: Online


This course introduces students to the principles, processes and techniques for drafting contracts. Among the topics covered will be the structure of a contract, representations, covenants, conditions, allocation of risk, incentives, remedies and enforceability. Students will develop skills in reading and interpreting contracts and will thereby better understand the function of provisions. Various agreements will be studied such as purchase and sale agreements, employment contracts, leases and confidentiality agreements. We will also explore negotiation and practical impacts on drafting contracts, as well as ethical issues that arise during the negotiating and drafting process. The goals of this course are: (1) to teach students how to draft clear and effective contracts; and (2) to introduce students to common substantive contract provisions and structure. This will be an entirely online class and there will be no scheduled class meetings aside from an introductory session at the beginning of the term. Instead of a final exam, students will complete written assignments (drafting or revising contracts) and, through the use of TWEN's discussion forum, engage in discussion, peer review and negotiation of contract terms. This course is limited to 8 students. Priority enrollment will be granted to current UCONN Law students based on a lottery of enrollment requests received before April 1, 2018. If seats remain after that date, seats will be offered on a first come-first served availability basis.


Legal Profession (LAW 7565)
Professor Mary Beattie

3 Credits

Class meets: Mon., Tues., and Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Knight Hall, Room 215

This course is an examination of the status and function of the legal profession and of the importance of professional responsibility to the legal profession, to the administration of justice, and to society; the problems faced by the practicing lawyer and the standards he or she should apply in their solution; and the duties of the attorney to his or her client, to other lawyers and to the court, as functions of the adversary system. In addition to other shorter writing assignments throughout the semester, students will write a 10 page research paper on a topic related to class. The paper will require a draft and a rewrite. This course meets the professional ethics and responsibility requirement. It does not satisfy the upperclass JD or LLM writing requirement.


Summer Session II: July 2 - August 3, 2018
Criminal Procedure (LAW 7645)
Professor Timothy Everett

3 Credits

Exam: Monday August 6, 2018

Class Meets: Mon., Wed., and Thurs., 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Knight Hall, Room 215

Deals with the law governing the questions involved in the investigation and disposition of persons who may have engaged in criminal behavior, with particular emphasis on the nature and special purposes of the criminal process and the constitutional principles applicable to it.

Museum Law (LAW 7388)
Professors Catherine B. McGovern & Peter J. McGovern

2 Credits;
3 Credit option

Class Meets: Tues. and Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Knight Hall, Room 115

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. This course may be taken in satisfaction of the upper-level JD and LLM writing requirement.

Summer Session I and II: May 21 - August 3, 2018
Individual Field Placement Seminar (LAW 7979)
Professor Jennifer Mailly
1 Credit Class meets: Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Knight Hall, Room 201

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

This is an optional seminar for students concurrently enrolled in an individual field placement, but it is required for any student seeking to have the field placement satisfy the Practice-Based Learning Requirement.  The seminar will explore practical, ethical, and professional-role issues that students are likely to encounter in their 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 field placement.  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 field placement to maximize opportunities for subsequent employment placement and career advancement.  In order to participate in this seminar, students must simultaneously enroll in an individual field placement of at least three (3) credits.  The seminar instructor will serve as the faculty advisor for the student's individual field placement.  Enrolled students must attend the mandatory field placement orientation program.  Co-requisite:  Individual Field Placement (LAW 7996).