Summer 2014

Dates and Deadlines

Monday, June 2, 2014   Summer 2014 Classes Begin
Friday, June 6, 2014 End of Add/Drop Period
Last day to drop a course without a 'W' (withdrawn) grade applied to transcript. Last day to receive a 100% tuition refund for dropped courses.
Friday, June 20, 2014 End of Withdrawal Period
Students may withdraw from a course until this date. A 'W' (withdrawn) will be applied to the transcript and a partial tuition refund applied (see the Student Handbook for the tuition refund schedule).
After this date students may only withdraw with the permission of the professor and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. 'WF' (withdrawn failing) grades may be applied for withdrawals made after this date.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Last Class Day for Summer 2014 Courses
Monday, July 28 - Thursday, July 31, 2014 Final Examinations for Summer 2014 Courses
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Summer 2014 Grades Due From Professors
Grades will be available to students in 1 - 3 business days after receipt from the professor.

Course Offerings

The full Summer 2014 Course schedule can be found on our Course Schedules page.

Bankruptcy (BANK-300-E) 3 credits
Professor Van Cleve
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6 - 7:30 p.m.
This is a survey course on the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, as amended, the leading cases which have construed this statute, and associated state and federal laws governing debtor/creditor relations. Students will gain an overview of personal (or consumer) bankruptcy, as well as business bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations. The course will emphasize practical problem-solving, considering the kinds of bankruptcy-related issues that arise in the course of a general law practice, not just those confronted in a specialized bankruptcy practice. Course topics will include the rights of debtors, the rights of creditors, the duties and the discharge of such duties by a Trustee, the rights and remedies of a Trustee, the procedural and substantive chronology of a Chapter 11 case, and the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court.

No prerequisites.

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.

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.

Evidence (EVID-200-E) 4 credits
Professor Cohen
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.

No prerequisites.

Legislative Seminar (GOVT-315-E) 3 credits
Professor Habib
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8 - 9:40 p.m.
Goals of the Legislative Seminar are to understand the process of how statutes are adopted in a state legislature (how a bill really becomes a law), how to research Washington statutes, and how statutes interrelate with the common law. From a practical standpoint, the course is geared not only for the prospective lobbyist/legislative staff attorney/legislator, but also for practicing attorneys who may seek statutory changes or for citizens or activists interested in improving the law in the public interest. At least one Saturday session will be held in Olympia during the legislative session. As a substitute for some class meetings, students will undertake individual (or small group projects) in Olympia following legislation as advocate (proponent or opponent) or as analyst. Oral presentations and papers on projects required. No final exam. Class participation considered.

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. While not a prerequisite, it is suggested that this class be taken after completion of Legal Writing II.

Restrictions: Course must be taken pass/fail. Recommended but not required: Legal Writing II (WRIT-200) or its equivalent at your home school.

Professional Responsibility (PROF-200-E1 & E2) 3 credits
Section E1 - Professor McDermott, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6 - 7:40 p.m.
Section E2 - Professor Erlick, 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.

No prerequisites.

White Collar Crime (CRIM-310-E) 2 credits
Professor Olson

Tuesday & Thursday, 8 - 9:40 p.m.
The course will cover a variety of topics related to the defense and prosecution of "white collar" criminal offenses, with a particular focus on emerging trends in the law arising from recent corporate scandals and prosecutions. The course will cover many of the following topics: the definition of and theory behind white collar crime, individual intent, entity liability and the charging of corporations, conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, bribery and public corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, false statements, perjury, obstruction of justice, money laundering, investigative techniques used to combat white collar crime, Fifth Amendment and attorney-client privilege, grand jury law and practice, prosecutorial discretion and plea bargaining, and sentencing.

No prerequisites.

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 2014 schedule, courses or prerequisites please contact Sheila Underwood, Registrar at 206-398-4153 or