Suffolk University Law School’s curriculum recognizes the importance of academic rigor in not only teaching traditional common and statutory law principles, but also in preparing its students for the evolving needs of a national and global economy. Suffolk’s mission is to prepare students to practice law in an ethical and professional manner and to use their legal skills often in combination with other professional training in business and government.
Required first year law courses are balanced with a range of upper-level specialized elective courses, enabling students to receive a well-rounded legal education and to satisfy bar entry requirements. Traditional classroom teaching is complemented by emphasis on legal analysis and writing, counseling, negotiation, and advocacy skills. Students learn in state-of the-art classrooms, equipped with advanced computer technology available to students and professors alike. Clinical programs and internships are available to allow students to obtain practical experience.
U.S. News and World Report’s Top 25:
Suffolk Law School’s Clinical Program has ranked among the nation’s Top 25 for five years in a row (U.S. News and World Report’s Top 25). Further, Suffolk Law School has earned a Top 20 in the nation ranking for its Legal Writing Program for four years straight. Its Dispute Resolution (Mediation/Arbitration) program is ranked 18th in the nation.
Specialties & Programs
The Law School currently offers concentrations in:
- Civil Litigation
- Business Law and Financial Services
- Health and Biomedical Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- Labor and Employment Law
- The Intellectual Property Law concentration is one of the most comprehensive in the country. It is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of students. For those who have an interest in qualifying for the patent bar, Suffolk provides advanced training in patent prosecution and office practice.
- Suffolk’s International Law concentration covers a wide range of courses and opportunities to students, including the Swedish Summer Program at the University of Lund Faculty of Law, an LL.M. in Global Technology, and the first U.S.-based Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court Competition.
- Furthermore, Suffolk offers students opportunities to participate in international exchanges through international internships and study-abroad programs with the University of Lund, Henrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Universidad Panamericana Guadalajara in Mexico.
- Suffolk’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, established through the Rappaport Foundation, fosters innovative thinking in law and public policy and promotes emerging leaders who are deeply committed to public service work. The Center sponsors an extensive public policy programming agenda open to the Suffolk Law community.
Transnational Law Review
- Suffolk Law’s Transnational Law Review was one of the nation’s first transnational law reviews!
- Advised by Elizabeth Trujillo, Co-Chair of International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, the law review has an exemplary record for international legal discussion.
- Students can participate in a variety of ways. In April, 2013, students competed in the school’s first Transnational Moot Court competition, which included a problem written by an Army Captain who has been instrumental in enforcing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan.
Suffolk Law Faculty
Suffolk Law faculty members are known for being intellectually engaged within their respective fields, bringing them into the critical discussions of the day, both on their own, and with the help of their students. While dedicated to excellence in teaching, faculty members are also nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields, often publishing books, speaking at conferences, and contributing to prestigious legal journals.
More than 120 adjunct faculty at Suffolk University Law represent the Boston legal community and the judiciary, providing students with the benefits of learning from their experiences on the cutting edge of their specialty.Students can team up with professors in their area of interest. We have had students team with professors for works in major publications (Reuters, Journal of the American Medical Association) in the areas of IP Law, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and Health law.
Life in Boston
Just one block from the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill, Suffolk Law’s downtown location puts students steps away from internships at city, state, and federal courthouses and some of the nation’s most prominent law firms. Students can also easily walk to Boston’s theater district, restaurants, the shops of Newbury Street, and sports events at the TD Garden.
Suffolk is located next to the Boston Common and Beacon Hill as well as the T subway system, which provides access to all of Boston’s neighborhoods and beyond. Weekend destinations range from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard to the scenic Berkshires to the mountains of New Hampshire. To learn more about the city of Boston, visit: http://www.bostonusa.com/; http://www.cityofboston.gov/.