Summer Skills Institute

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University’s Summer Skills Institute is open to all law students and lawyers looking to receive intensive skills training. The emphasis throughout this program is on active participation, resulting in immediate individualized feedback from practicing lawyers, judges and Hofstra Law’s outstanding faculty.

Classes are scheduled during Summer Session I (May 20-July 12), and many last a week or less. Students and lawyers will be awarded between one and three credits per class.


Hofstra Law students can register online for summer courses through the My Hofstra Portal.

Transfer and visiting students can register by filling out a nonmatriculant application and submitting it to the Office of Enrollment Management,, 516-463-5916.

Registration begins at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.All courses are charged at the per-credit rate of $1,675 (except for the Summer Externship course, which is being charged at the per-credit rate of $837.50). For more registration information visit the Office of Academic Records or the registration page.

Summer Session I | May 20-July 12

CourseCreditsClass Dates
Transactional Lawyering 3 M/W, 6:10-9 p.m.
Business Drafting 2 May 17, May 20, May 22,
May 24 and May 28;
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Negotiation Skills 1 May 23-24, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Modern Divorce Advocacy 1 June 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
June 23, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Intro to Child and Family Advocacy* 2 June 3, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; June 4-6, 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 7, 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m.; Orientation on May 31,
10 a.m.-noon
Developing a Theory of the Case 1 June 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pre-Trial Skills 3 T/TR, 6:10-9 p.m.
Mediation: Principles & Practice 2 May 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Practice-Ready Research Skills 2 May 20, 3-6 p.m.; May 21-30 (not meeting May 24-27),
6-9:30 p.m.
Summer Externship Program** 3 May 17 In-Person Orientation, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Distance-Ed Course
Discovery Skills I: Written Discovery 1 May 20-21, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 22, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Discovery Skills 2: Depositions 1 May 22, 1:30-5:30 p.m.;
May 23-24, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

* Instructor approval required in order to register for this course.
** Students who wish to register for the Summer Externship need approval from Franca Sachs, executive director of pro bono, externship and fellowship programs.

Summer Session III | August 2-16

CourseCreditsClass Dates
E. David Woycik Intensive Trial Techniques Program 2 Aug 2-7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.