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For more than 100 years, Suffolk Law has provided a superior legal education. We are a community of masterful teachers, engaged scholars, and dedicated public citizens.

Located in the heart of Boston, ours is an ambitious institution that prides itself on its intellectual breadth  and diverse legal perspectives. We offer our students a rich program of study featuring numerous specialty concentrations, joint degree options, and international study opportunities. Our exceptional curriculum also boasts a lineup of clinical education programs and courses that concentrate on the development and refinement of legal skills.

At Suffolk Law we empower our students to enrich their legal education through participation in a multitude of pro bono opportunities, internships, moot court competitions, and student organizations. We have the commitment, resources, and clarity of focus to ensure that the study of the law is firmly grounded in real-world experience and practice, thus assuring that our graduates are equipped to offer outstanding contributions throughout their professional careers.

At Suffolk Law you will find the kind of place that has become all too rare in American legal education: a welcoming and supportive community in which to challenge yourself, nurture your talents, and grow into your professional identity. We look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you into our community.

Very truly yours,
Camille A. Nelson
Dean

Biography

Dean Camille Nelson brings to Suffolk Law outstanding scholarship, a deep love of teaching, and a longstanding commitment to public service and the pursuit of social justice.

Before joining Suffolk Law, Dean Nelson served as Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School. From 2000 to 2009, she was a member of the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Law, where she was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2004 and received the Faculty Excellence Award in 2006. She also was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she became the Dean’s Scholar in Residence.

Following her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto, Dean Nelson received her law degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and went on to receive a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School in New York. She clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada before working as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto, the largest law firm in Canada.

Dean Nelson is a member of the American Law Institute and is widely recognized for her writings and lectures, which have focused on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular focus on criminal law and procedure, health law, and comparative law.