Students on the Law Library patio in the summer.
Summer 2019: Courses

Summer term at UConn Law offers students the opportunity to earn credits toward a degree or to take a course related to personal or professional interest.

Summer Terms

There are two sessions within the Summer Term:

Summer Session I: May 20 - June 21, 2019
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 115

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.

Administrative Law (LAW 7600)   
Professor Carlton Mark Waterhouse

3 Credits    

Class meets: May 28, 2019 - July 5, 2019
Exam: July 8 - 10, 2019
This course may be taken in satisfaction of the statutory/regulatory
course requirement. 

Note on Online Coursework: J.D. students may not enroll in distance education courses until after the completion of two (2) full-time or part-time regular (fall/spring) semesters. For all students, but particularly international LLM/Exchange Students, 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.

This course explores the process by which power is exercised by federal government agencies in the United States, and the mechanisms through which that exercise of power is guided and constrained. Among the topics to be covered include a number of the principal dilemmas of regulation, the controversies surrounding agency efforts to cope with these dilemmas, and the arguments for and against leading regulatory experiments and proposals for regulatory reform.


Summer Session II: July 1 - August 2, 2019
Disability Justice (LAW 7372)
Professor Jamelia Morgan

2 Credits 

Class meets: Tues. and Thurs., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.         
Pass Fail Grading Option
Upper Level Writing Requirement Option
Knight Hall, Room 205

The course will consider how law has constructed and defined disability and the role of law in shaping how disability has been conceptualized, classified, and even criminalized. In particular, it will examine how the nexus between class, race and disability have shaped policing and incarceration in the United States. This course will uncover the limitations of federal disability rights laws that guarantee equal access to and treatment of people with disabilities in, for example, prisons, jails, workplaces, schools, and how, in some cases, law and policies intended as protections, have further marginalized people with disabilities. Topics will include slavery, de/institutionalization, mass incarceration, civil commitment, police violence, school discipline, social movements, housing, accessibility, and both legal and non-legal advocacy efforts.


Summer Session I and II: May 20 - August 2, 2019
Individual Field Placement Seminar (LAW 7979)
Professor Valeria Gomez
1 Credit Class meets: TBA
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).