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Best of SUG Series (B.O.S.S.) Workshops

Every summer since 1992, Florida State University College of Law has offered its award-winning Summer for Undergraduates Program, affectionately known as SUG. To date, we have welcomed more than 1,300 talented undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country to spend four weeks in Tallahassee learning about the joys and rigors of law school and opportunities in the legal profession.  

Due to the challenges presented by the coronavirus, we are unable to offer our residential program this summer. However, we are excited to debut a weekly series of summer workshops featuring the best of SUG.

Throughout the summer, students who previously applied to SUG 2020 will have the unique opportunity to join us for 45-minute weekly workshops that will introduce them to some of our most popular SUG programming.  

Students who applied for a seat in our 2020 program will receive an email with instructions on registering for these workshops. Students who participate in 8 or more of these workshops will receive a B.O.S.S. Certificate of Completion. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Applegate, program director. 

Previous Workshops

How to Choose the Best Law School for You

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Join Associate Dean Nancy Benavides for our final B.O.S.S. program of the summer. This interactive  session will provide a look at some of the most popular factors applicants consider in selecting law schools. At its core, the choice of the “right” law school is subjective. This workshop will help you examine and prioritize your own needs and find schools that match up. 

Nancy Benavides is the associate dean for academic programs and student advancement at FSU Law. As the dean of students, she is responsible for all law student-related activities and events. She also counsels and advises students on a wide range of issues and is actively engaged in mentoring undergraduates interested in law school. Dean Benavides designed and oversees the law school’s ABA award-winning professionalism+ program, “Raising the Bar.”


Civil Rights Attorney Jasmine Rand ('09)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Meet internationally-recognized civil and human rights champion Jasmine Rand. Ms. Rand, an FSU Law grad, has been recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the nation’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in the United States. She’s probably best known as the attorney for the Trayvon Martin family and from her numerous appearances in the media (CNN, Fox, etc) concerning this case and other high profile civil rights cases. 

She’ll be joining us to share her insight, experience and pioneering efforts for social justice and empowerment. 


How to Write Like a Lawyer: Mini-Legal Writing Workshop with Valencia Davis

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Legal writing is an essential skill for every law student and lawyer. It also looks very different from the type of writing you have previously done in undergraduate courses. This mini-workshop will help you learn the foundation for briefing appellate cases. Students will be sent materials to read in advance of the class.

Valencia Davis is a staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga. She is also a Legal Writing professor in our Summer for Undergraduates Program. 


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Inside the Virtual Classroom with Professor Jeff Kahn

Thursday, July 14, 2020

Join FSU Law Professor Jeff Kahn for an engaging torts law class that will be taught in the manner this popular professor teaches his 1L Torts class. This will be our final small group virtual class so don’t miss this opportunity if you haven’t previously experienced one! 

Due to the interactive nature of the class, participation is limited to 45 students. 

Students will be sent materials to read in advance of the class. Students may be asked to participate with their cameras on during the class. 


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What’s So Appealing About Appellate Practice?

 Monday, July 13, 2020

A panel of distinguished Florida appellate attorneys will discuss their individual paths to law school, what appellate law practice is and what is most rewarding about their professional careers. You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions about appellate law practice and learn about opportunities for students and attorneys in Florida appellate law. This session is hosted by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar. This session will be particularly important for participants interested in learning about careers in appellate practice and the judiciary. 

Participants include:
Phillip Arroyo
Cornelius Demps
Karla Ellis
Sarah Lahou-Amine

Moderators: Laura Roe and Jared Krukar


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Sign up for virtual office hours with LSAT tutor Matthew Hicks

Friday, July 10, 2020 

This session is for students who have recently taken and received an LSAT or LSAT-flex score and have specific questions about interpreting their scores. 

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Personal Statements for Law School Workshop

Thursday, July 9, 2020 

Join FSU Law Assistant Dean for Admissions Jennifer Kessinger in this workshop that will explore what goes into crafting an effective personal statement and when and how to include additional application components such as an addendum and a diversity statement. 


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Inside the Virtual Classroom with Professor Mary Ziegler

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Join FSU Law Professor Mary Ziegler for an exciting torts law class that examines whether companions on a social outing have a duty to provide aid to each other and if there exists a duty to act reasonably once a party undertakes to aid another. 

Due to the interactive nature of the class, participation is limited to 45 students. Participants will be randomly selected from the registration pool with preference given to those who have not previously attended a virtual class. 

Students will be sent materials to read in advance of the class. Students may be asked to participate with their cameras on during the class. 


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Unpacking Bostock v Clayton County, GA

Monday, July 6, 2020

Join FSU Constitutional Law Professor Nat Stern for a riveting discussion about the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court civil rights case, Bostock v Clayton County, GA, in which the Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Professor Nat Stern is one of our most popular professors at FSU Law. He has taught a constitutional law-based course in our Summer for Undergraduates Program for a number of years. 

This program is not capped in terms of seats. 


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Inside the Virtual Classroom with Professor Shawn Bayern

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Join FSU Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Shawn Bayern for an interactive and engaging law class taught in the manner of his popular first year Contracts course. If you’ve never taken a law class, this will be a great chance to experience one with one of our most entertaining professors.  

Due to the interactive nature of the class, we will be limiting participation to 45 students. Randomly selected participants, with priority given to participants who have not had the chance to be in a virtual class before, will be notified on Friday and sent the materials in advance of the class. Students may also be asked to participate with their cameras on during the class.

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Investing in YOU: Things to Know Now About Financing Law School

Monday, June 29, 2020

This workshop will help you understand the costs associated with earning your J.D., from application through sitting for the bar exam, and help you develop strategies to pay for law school. You’ll also learn how to align your personal goals with law schools that will best maximize your investment of time and money.

Don’t miss this session that will help you begin to get your financial house in order so you can start laying a sound foundation for your future. Teria Thornton, manager for education & diversity initiatives at AccessLex Institute will lead the workshop. 

AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization and a leader in the industry for financial legal resources for pre-law, law students and graduates. 


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Inside the Virtual Classroom with Professor Jake Linford

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join FSU Law Professor Jake Linford for an exciting law class based on his popular Privacy Law course that he is teaching this summer. If you’ve never taken a law class, this will be a great chance to experience one that is taught utilizing the traditional Socratic method.

Due to the interactive nature of the class, we will be limiting participation to 40 students. Participants will be sent materials to read in advance of the class. Students may also be asked to participate with their cameras on during the class.


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Planning for a Law Career in a Post-Pandemic Legal Landscape

Monday, June 22, 2020

What will be some of the lasting impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the legal profession? Will new practice areas emerge? Will some go away? How will legal employers adapt? And what does all of this mean for students considering law school? This session will feature an engaging panel of lawyers and legal recruiters who will help us unpack some of the short and long term effects of the pandemic on the ever-evolving legal landscape.

Our panelists are:

Edward Birk, Esq., shareholder at Marks Gray in Jacksonville, Florida. His practice areas include news media, First Amendment, labor and employment, and products liability law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Birk was a reporter and editor for the AP in Boston, Miami and Tallahassee. 
Celeste Gaines, Esq., staff counsel at McKesson Corp in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Gaines currently works as a staff counsel, technology + sourcing, for McKesson Corporation negotiating transactions and offering legal advice mainly related to technology, marketing and branding. Ms. Gaines is a past participant of our Summer for Undergraduates Program.
Caitlyn Kio, Esq., assistant public defender, appellate division at Office of the Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to becoming a public defender, Ms. Kio was a graduate fellow at the FSU Public Interest Law Center where she represented low-income children in a variety of matters including education, healthcare, dependency, delinquency, and matters related to human trafficking.
Precillia Soares, attorney recruiting manager, Holland & Knight, Tampa, Florida. Ms. Soares has over 15 years of legal recruitment experience, and as the recruiting manager for Holland & Knight is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and hiring of lateral partners, senior counsel and associates as well as entry-level and summer associates throughout Florida.
Lisa Duke, assistant director of our Career Services Office will moderate the discussion. 


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May It Please the Court: A Virtual Tour of the Florida Supreme Court

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Every summer, a visit to the Florida Supreme Court is one of the highlights of our Summer for Undergraduates Program. This year, we will bring the experience to you “virtually” with a special behind the scenes tour of the highest court of the third largest state in the nation. 

You’ll learn fascinating facts about the Supreme Court building and the personalities that have given life to the Court over the years as well as an overview of the Florida court system and a behind-the-scenes look at the rotunda, courtroom, library and rare book lounge. 

Plus, if we are lucky, we’ll have a surprise guest pop in to welcome us! 

This virtual tour will be conducted by Emilie Rietow, education & information administrator at the Florida Supreme Court.


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Inside the Virtual Classroom with Professor Justin Sevier

Monday, June 15, 2020

Join FSU Law Professor Justin Sevier for a sample first year Torts class! If you’ve never taken a law class, this will be a great chance to experience a traditional first year class and see firsthand how it differs from other classes you have taken. 

Due to the interactive nature of the class, we will be limiting participation to 40 students. Participants will be sent two short torts cases to read in advance of the class. 

Don’t worry if you don’t get into this class. If demand is great, we will offer one or more additional 1L class experiences this summer! 


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Law Student Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Join a group of current FSU Law students for an in-depth and candid conversation about their unique journeys to law school, including what lessons they have learned along the way.

Panelists will share experiences as current law students from academic, social, extracurricular, and personal perspectives. Find out what they love most about being a law student, what they wish they could change, and what has been most surprising about the experience.

There will be an opportunity submit questions in advance of the session. Participants will also have a chance to join individual panelists in small breakout rooms at the end of the session.

Director of the FSU Law Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program Morgan Applegate will facilitate this panel discussion with current 2Ls and 3Ls.


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Demystifying the LSAT

Monday, June 8, 2020
If you are thinking about applying to law school, you may already be familiar with the Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”) administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

This multiple choice exam measures skills considered essential for success in law school. It consists of questions that test your skills in reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. In addition, there is also an unscored writing sample.

This comprehensive workshop, designed for those who have limited knowledge of the test, will discuss recent changes to the LSAT and provide useful planning information including when to take the LSAT, how to prepare for it, understanding its structure and scoring, and much more!

Matthew Hicks, a third year law student at FSU College of Law and LSAT instructor, will lead this discussion.


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Practical Skills Workshop: Crafting a Resume for Law School and Beyond

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Your resume is a written snapshot of you and your accomplishments. It may also be a crucial piece of your law school admissions process and your law school portfolio.

This workshop will explain how law school resumes differ from other career resumes. You will learn how to highlight your academic and employment achievements to create a resume that matches the qualifications that law schools and legal employers are looking for.

FSU College of Law's Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives Glenda Thornton will lead this session. Dean Thornton has 25+ years of achievement in the law, business, health and nonprofit environments.


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Getting to J.D.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Everyone’s path to law school is different. This interactive workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the law school admissions process and help you answer many questions, including when and how to begin your unique journey to law school.

We will also introduce you to specific strategies to consider as you begin creating your timeline for applying to law school.

Whether you are planning to apply this fall or three years from now, this session will provide you with a plan that you can use and refer to as you navigate towards your goal.

FSU College of Law’s Assistant Dean for Admissions Jennifer Kessinger will lead the discussion.


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