Summer Skills Institute

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 19-July 15), 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.

For more registration information visit the Office of Academic Records or the registration page.

Summer Session I | May 19-July 15

CourseCreditsClass Dates
Negotiation Skills 1 May 19-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Intro to Child and Family Advocacy* 2 May 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; June 1, noon-6:15 p.m., June 2, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.;June 4, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.;June 5, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Practice-Ready Research Skills 2 May 18-21 and May 26-27, 5:30-9 p.m.

Summer Session III | July 20-August 15

CourseCreditsClass Dates
Pre-Trial I: Written Discovery 1 Aug 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Aug 5, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Pre-Trial II: Deposition Pract 1 Aug 5, 1-5 p.m.; Aug 6-78:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trial Techniques 2 Aug 10-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.