Summer Programs

Summer Courses

Summer courses give law students an opportunity to satisfy graduation requirements or to lighten their course load during the school year. For the benefit of students who might be working over the summer, a number of the courses are in the late afternoon / evening. We also offer intensive skills courses. View the full list of summer courses.

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 between May and August, and many last a week or less. Students and lawyers will be awarded between one and three credits per class.

Study Abroad Program in Pisa, Italy

Gain a new perspective on the American and European legal systems by studying at a renowned European university this summer in Pisa, Italy. Through an intensive two-week course of study, the Pisa program aims to introduce students to the different kinds of nonjudicial methods used to resolve commercial disputes in the international context. Participants earn 3 credits by taking courses taught by Professors Julian Ku and Giovanni Comande. This year’s courses are: Introduction to International Commercial Dispute Resolution (2 credits), and Alternative Dispute Resolution in an Information Society (1 credit).

Externships (Hofstra Law Students Only)

Hofstra Law’s Externship Program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain substantive legal experience, under the direct supervision and guidance of an experienced attorney. Students receive academic credit while getting hands-on experience in courtrooms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and in other legal placements. For more information, contact Franca Sachs, executive director of pro bono, externship and fellowship programs, at 516-463-0386 or