Suffolk University Law School

Introduction

For more than 100 years, Suffolk Law has produced some of the nation’s most distinguished legal professionals. With an emphasis on real world practice and experiential learning, Suffolk Law is an unmatched place to start, build, and launch a successful career and life in the law.

As one of the largest law schools in the United States, Suffolk Law has an expansive curriculum that combines a strong academic foundation with expertise in an array of specialty areas. Your education includes hands-on learning programs, nationally known faculty and actual law practitioners who bridge theory with practice to prepare students for working in the 21st century.

Mission & Goals

Suffolk University Law School, located in Boston, is dedicated to welcoming students from all backgrounds and circumstances and educating them to become highly skilled and ethical lawyers who are well-prepared to serve in their local communities, across the nation, and around the world. Because the lawyer's role has evolved and expanded since Suffolk's founding in 1906, the Law School seeks to develop in its students the skills necessary to serve the profession's changing needs in an increasingly diverse, global and technologically-dependent society. As one of the nation's largest law schools, Suffolk meets that challenge by providing students with a core foundation in legal education, a breadth of courses and programs, and excellent training by a diverse and accessible faculty engaged in scholarship and service to their profession and communities. Suffolk's goal is to provide its students with access to an excellent legal education, inspire a commitment to justice, and provide its graduates the opportunity to achieve their career aspirations.

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Programs

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LLM

General LLM

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months September 2017 USA Boston

The general Master of Laws program is for students who have already completed a law degree and want to enhance their legal skills by focusing on a particular field or an emerging area of law. [+]

The general Master of Laws program is for students who have already completed a law degree and want to enhance their legal skills by focusing on a particular field or an emerging area of law. Launched in 2012 to capitalize on the depth and breadth of Suffolk Law's curriculum, this LL.M. offers you maximum flexibility. You can create your own track in a field of your choosing, or select courses from Suffolk's recognized areas of expertise, including dispute resolution and civil litigation, business law and financial services, biomedical and health law, intellectual property, international law, or labor and employment law. LLM Program Requirements The LLM curriculum is primarily elective in nature. Students should meet with the Director of Graduate Law Programs to select courses to best fulfill their career objectives. International students are required to enroll in the seminar entitled, Introduction to US Law, Legal Reasoning and Writing in their first semester. The Legal English Institute is recommended for LLM students whose primary language is not English. [-]

LLM in Global Law and Technology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 USA Boston + 1 more

Suffolk Law's LL.M. in Global Law and Technology will help you meet these challenges and prepare for the future practice of law. [+]

Breakthroughs in science, technology, and communication have resulted in legal challenges never before faced -- challenges of global proportions for tomorrow's leaders. Suffolk Law's LL.M. in Global Law and Technology will help you meet these challenges and prepare for the future practice of law. Created in 2002, Suffolk's Global Law and Technology program was the first of its kind in the United States: an LL.M. combining different specializations into one program. You can choose to specialize in one of the four areas below, or select from a wide range of courses to choose your own professional program: - Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law - Biotechnology and Health Law - International Law and Business - U.S. Law and Legal Methods Requirements Admission to our Master of Laws Programs is based on overall academic performance with particular emphasis on law school academic achievement, work experience, seriousness of purpose, letters of recommendation, resume, and the student's personal statement. LLM IN GLOBAL LAW AND TECHNOLOGY : JOURNAL OF HIGH TECH LAW Suffolk University Law School's newest Honor Board, the Journal of High Technology Law (JHTL), is an ideal venue for students to publish pieces on topics ranging from intellectual property matters to communications and media, computer law, and Internet issues. Currently enrolled LL.M. students have the exclusive opportunity to join the JHTL through a cooperative agreement between the LL.M. program and the JHTL. LL.M. students must be nominated by Bridgett Sandusky, Director of Graduate Law Programs, after which they must submit a previously written essay, article or paper for review and approval by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of the JHTL. In order to obtain a special LL.M. staff member distinction, the LL.M. student must submit a proposal for a new article, paper or essay to be approved by the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board of the JHTL. [-]

LLM in Taxation

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Boston + 1 more

Acquiring an LLM in taxation is typically necessary and certainly always adds value to a student intending to practice in these areas. [+]

New joint degree program launching intensive summer program in May 2015 Federal tax law is complex and detailed. Students who intend to focus their practice in taxation or who wish to practice in the corporate, business planning, estate planning, or financial sectors must have in-depth knowledge of multiple areas of federal tax law. Acquiring an LLM in taxation is typically necessary and certainly always adds value to a student intending to practice in these areas. About the accelerated joint degree program The heart of the program is an intensive 12-credit, 10-week summer program that allows Suffolk Law students to obtain a tax LLM and a JD in the same three-year period (day students) or four-year period (evening students) required for obtaining only a law degree. At graduation, successful students would receive both a JD and LLM degree. In addition to the summer session, tax LLM students must take an additional eight credits of required courses and six credits of electives. The tax LLM program also will be available for students who are currently enrolled at another law school, or who have already completed law school at Suffolk or elsewhere. These students will generally need to take tax courses in addition to the intensive summer to have the same total tax law education as Suffolk students simultaneously obtaining a JD and tax LLM. [-]

PhD

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree is a post LL.M. degree that is awarded upon the completion of an in-depth, publication-quality, dissertation which makes an original and creative contribution to the legal literature. [+]

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree is a post LL.M. degree that is awarded upon the completion of an in-depth, publication-quality, dissertation which makes an original and creative contribution to the legal literature. An SJD candidate must be in residence for one academic year during which time he/she must meet with his or her Committee Chair on a regular basis (at least once every month) to discuss the candidate's progress and future steps in the research process. The candidate should periodically submit written drafts to the Committee Chair for review, comment, and revision. The candidate should also periodically consult the other members of the committee for research advice and feedback on writing progress. After the period in residence, an SJD candidate may continue his or her research away from the law school. During this time, the SJD candidate must continue to communicate regularly with his or her Committee Chair (e.g., several times per semester) to discuss the student's progress and future steps in the research process. An SJD candidate must submit a written progress report every semester, both while in residence and while away from the law school. Attendance at classes, programs, or conferences relating to the candidate's research may be recommended or required by the Committee Chair. An SJD candidate may audit JD courses with the approval of an Associate Dean. An SJD candidate may be required to present his or her research at a faculty colloquium (either as a work in progress or a finished product). Upon substantial completion of the dissertation to the satisfaction of the Committee Chair, an SJD candidate will submit his or her dissertation for approval to the whole committee. The final product must be an in depth, publication-quality paper that advances knowledge in the field. Although quality cannot be measured by quantity, it is expected that the final manuscript will be from 150-300 pages in length. Upon submission of the final paper, the candidate will defend his or her dissertation before the 3 member committee (chaired by the Committee Chair). The presentation and oral defense will be open to the law school community. Upon approval of the committee, the faculty will vote on the conferral of the SJD degree. The degree should be completed in a period of 4 years or less. [-]

Course

Legal English Institute

Campus 3 weeks September 2017 USA Boston

The Legal English Institute is open to all international Suffolk Master of Laws students to ensure they have the tools needed to transition successfully to LLM coursework. [+]

The Legal English Institute is open to all international Suffolk Master of Laws students to ensure they have the tools needed to transition successfully to LLM coursework. This three-week intensive course is designed to introduce you to the US legal system while focusing on the specific language and academics skills you'll need to be successful at an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. Suffolk Law is one of only a few law schools in the country offering a special language program exclusively for LLM students. The Institute is led by an experienced international business lawyer who is also a certified instructor in English for speakers of other languages. The Legal English Institute runs five days a week for five hours a day, covering note-taking, grammar, writing, public speaking, legal vocabulary, and using US legal materials. It's also an invaluable way for you to meet other international LLM students and build your network before the start of classes. Classes meet Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Students will also have class an additional 2 hours on four other days of the week. In total, students can expect to be in class at least 28 hours each week. In addition, there are three 2 hour classes with Suffolk Law reference librarians during the three week session. The program will focus on i) developing the level of spoken and written English language skills needed to succeed in law school; ii) learning the basic concepts of the American legal and governmental systems; iii) learning the culture and expectations of the law school classroom. [-]

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