Summer 2015

Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Final Summer 2015 Schedule Released
The final Summer 2015 Schedule will be released on or before this date

Friday, March 13, 2015
Summer in Seattle Registration
Summer in Seattle students with completed applications will be registered for classes (on a space available basis) on this date.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Tuition Statements Available
Your summer tuition statement will be available online on or before this date.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - Friday, June 6, 2015
First Week of Classes, Add/Drop period
Summer 2015 classes begin on Monday, June 2, 2015. You may add or drop classes until Friday, June 6, 2015.

Friday, June 19, 2015
Withdrawal Deadline
Students may withdraw from a class until Friday, June 19th. A ‘W' (withdrawn) grade will be applied to the transcript and a partial tuition refund applied (see the Student Handbook for the tuition refund schedule). After Friday, June 19th students must have the permission of the instructor and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs to withdraw. After Friday, June 19th a ‘WF' (withdrawn failing) grade may be applied.

Thursday, July, 23, 2015
Last day of classes

Monday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Exam Period
If your class includes a final exam, the exam will be scheduled on one of these dates.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Grades due from professors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Grades Posting Deadline
Except in cases of professor illness or emergency, summer grades will post by this date. If your school requires grades to be submitted before this date please contact Sheila Underwood, Registrar at or (206) 398-4153 before submitting your Summer in Seattle Registration Form.

Course Offerings

The full Summer 2015 Course schedule can be found on our Course Schedules page.

Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy (ADVC-300-E) 4 credits
Professors Clark and Frost
Monday - Thursday, 5:30 - 7:40 p.m.
Using a mock case as a context, students develop patterns of thought and hands-on ability in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, oral advocacy, and drafting of pleadings, discovery, and motions. Problem solving, decision making, and the professional role of the lawyer are emphasized. Alternatives to trial, such as mediation, are discussed. The small size of the class (24 students) allows a high level of student participation in discussion and role-play.

Exam: There is no final exam for this class.
Prerequisite: Legal Writing II (WRIT-200) or its equivalent at your home school. Pre or co-requisite: Evidence (EVID-200) or its equivalent at your home school.

Dispute Resolution (ALDR-300-E) 3 credits
Professor Tudor
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6 - 7:40 p.m.
This course explores the theory, issues, processes, and techniques of client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, arbitration, mediation, litigation, and new and emerging dispute resolution processes. We study the strengths and uses of each process and how to choose among them for various types of disputes. As an attorney, you will need to advise your clients about these processes, recommend which meets the needs of each individual client and dispute, and participate in them as an effective advocate. The course includes some practical application of skills such as role-plays, interviewing and advising clients, and negotiations. This is a survey course, and not an applied professional skills course.

Exam: A final exam will be scheduled for this course.
No prerequisites.

Evidence (EVID-200-E) 4 credits
Professor Russo
Monday - Thursday, 6 - 7:40 p.m.
The Evidence course examines the law governing proof in judicial proceedings under both the Common Law and modern codifications, particularly the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics covered include relevancy; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; rules relating to witnesses, writings, and other forms of evidence; privileges; and expert witnesses.

Exam: A final exam will be scheduled for this course.
No prerequisites.

Online Advanced Legal Research (LRES-360-O1 & O2) 2 credits
Professors Fitz-Gerald & Swatt-Engstrom
Online Advanced Legal Research is an online version of Advanced Legal Research (Legal Research Methods). Building on the research fundamentals acquired in Legal Writing I, this course will enhance the student's research skills through instruction on resource selection, research strategies and search techniques. Emphasis will be placed on gaining familiarity and competence with the materials most commonly used by attorneys in day to day practice. We will work with print sources, on-line databases, and free sources of law on the Internet. Cost-effective and efficient research will be stressed.

Because this course is offered completely online with no regularly scheduled class meeting times, students taking this course must be comfortable learning and using new technology platforms. It is recommended, but not required, that students be able to access a physical law library to use certain print materials. Students should expect to spend an average 6 to 10 hours per week working on the course. In addition to readings, students must turn in research assignments each week. During weeks 4 and 8 (of the 8 week course), students will work on exams. These are sets of complex research questions requiring students to conduct research and demonstrate mastery of the skills taught in the previous weeks.

Exam: There is no final exam for this class.
Prerequisites: Legal Writing II (WRIT-200) or its equivalent at your home school. Restrictions: Course must be taken pass/fail.

Professional Responsibility (PROF-200-E1 & E2) 3 credits
Section E1 - Professor Erlick Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6 - 7:40 p.m.
Section E2 - Professor SpearIt, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8 - 9:40 p.m.
Legal ethics, including lawyer-client relations, lawyer-public relations, and lawyer's responsibility to the legal profession and the courts. Detailed coverage of the ABA Code of Professional Responsibility, cases and materials on professional responsibility, and important Washington law.

Exam: A final exam will be scheduled for this course.
No prerequisites.

Professor Duras
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 - 9:40 p.m.
The course examines the legal mechanisms aimed at reducing the incidence of work-related illnesses and accidents, and providing compensation for workers disabled by occupational injuries and diseases. It will first cover workers' compensation, a statutory scheme that eliminates the employer's common-law duty in tort to provide covered workers with a reasonably safe place to work, and replaces it with an obligation on the part of employers to pay, on a non-fault basis, fixed benefits to employees disabled by accidents or illness that arise out of and in the course of the employment, and to the families of workers killed by job-connected accidents or diseases.

Special attention will be paid to the various issues that arise in determining whether or not the particular injury or illness was a compensable event as designated by the statute and whether or not the disability was in fact causally related to the employment.

The course will also focus on the interrelationship between worker compensation and tort law in two discrete contexts: first, when the employee seeks to avoid the exclusivity of the worker compensation remedy by claiming that her injury was not covered by the statute, and therefore she can sue her employer in tort (as often occurs when the employer is sued for allegedly committing an intentional tort against the employee), and second, in the interface between worker compensation and product liability law, when a worker injured on the job brings a product liability suit against a manufacturer, and the manufacturer tries to allocate all or part of the loss to the employer.

The course will also cover the law of occupational safety and health, as embodied in the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which authorizes the Department of Labor to set mandatory standards meant to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses, and imposes a general duty on employers to maintain safe working conditions. The process by which standards are set, judicial review of standards and enforcement of the standards will be examined.

The course will be useful for students who plan to specialize in personal-injury law or employment law, or who intend to be general practitioners.

Exam: A final exam will be scheduled for this course.
Recommended but not required: Administrative Law (ADMN-300) or its equivalent at your home school.

Registration Priority

Visiting students may register for summer classes on a space-available basis. Seattle University School of Law students register before visiting students are registered. Most summer classes have enough open seats to accommodate visitors but Online Advanced Legal Research usually fills before we are able to offer seats to visiting students.


If you have questions about the Summer 2015 schedule, courses or prerequisites please contact Sheila Underwood, Registrar at 206-398-4153 or