Leslie F. Su


BA, University of Michigan
JD, Boston College Law School


Ms. Su received her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1998. As a law student, she served as Managing Editor for the Boston College Third World Journal. After graduating, she worked at Gordon Haley, LLP. in Boston. In 2009, she began working for the Murphy Law Group in North Andover, and in 2012, she began a solo practice as Minerva Law, P.C., in Andover. Since 2016, Ms. Su has served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank Bailey in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Boston. Ms. Su received her B.A. from the University of Michigan. From 1994 to 1995, she studied Japanese and Japan-related subjects at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. She has taught in the program for four years. Ms. Su will also be teaching the Judicial Writing class again this year.


2 credits

This course will focus on writing styles and formats unique to the judicial process, such as the bench memo and appellate majority and dissenting opinion. Classes will provide a general overview of the opinion writing function with emphasis on topics such as opinion structure, judicial writing style, the relationship between style and substance, the use of narrative and rhetorical techniques, and ethical considerations in opinion writing. Through a series of writing assignments and in-class exercises, students will learn to how to diagnose and revise difficult and unclear writing, acquire techniques for writing more economically, precisely and unambiguously, and hone their skills in structuring and organizing, analyzing, and writing persuasively. In analyzing judicial opinions and writing from the perspective of a judge rather than an advocate, students will gain a deeper understanding of the judicial process and will become better critical readers and users of judicial opinions. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 711 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Leslie F. Su LAW
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 711 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Leslie F. Su

2 credits

This two-credit Legal Research and Writing seminar is required for LL.M. students in the American Law program and optional for students in the LL.M. programs in Banking and Financial Law and Taxation. It is specifically designed to introduce foreign lawyers to the basic principles of American legal writing. In small class settings and individual conferences, students receive guidance on drafting and editing memoranda and agreements. Their work is critiqued and rewritten. The research component of the seminar trains students to locate cases, statutes and secondary material through indexing systems and the latest computer technology. Research assignments are integrated into writing assignments -- exposing students to the methods of US legal analyses -- so that by the end of the term, students obtain the skills needed to write memoranda appropriate for submission to US law firms.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 893 A1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 6:00 pm 7:15 pm 2 Richard A. Sugarman LAW
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