Due to the current course of COVID-19 and the expansion of public health directives relating to social distancing, Syracuse University Summer College has been moved online. Our 40+ online programs are an excellent way to learn about potential college majors and academic interests from the comfort of your homes. Students will receive high quality instruction, most of which includes synchronous content in the form of live video classes  with the instructor, and asynchronous content that may include videos, guest lectures, virtual field trips, demonstrations, and end events.

All online programs for Summer 2020 will be finalized on May 1, 2020. Please click here to browse all online programs.

Program Overview

Students meeting the US Attorney for the Northern District and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent at the Hanley Federal Building
Students meeting the US Attorney for the Northern District and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent at the Hanley Federal Building

Online crime, social media mayhem, intellectual property pirating. In this Syracuse University Summer College program, high school students will venture through the US legal system, explore fundamentals of law through the contemporary lens of Internet technology (including social media and other content-sharing applications), and examine emerging law and ethical considerations related to these technologies. Students will learn to identify and analyze legal issues by studying landmark and recent case law, and dissecting publicly controversial scenarios. Then, students will practice these skills by presenting and arguing cases using a modified Socratic method. Legal battles that start in cyberspace may end in physical space – the courtroom. As part of this course, students will personally experience local courtrooms and professionals who practice in them.

  The Summer College Program at Syracuse University gave me insights on how my college experience would be. Taking my morning and afternoon Cyber Law classes with Diane Plumley provided me with the necessary information I needed to know about the field of law. The experience gave me the opportunity to enjoy a sense of multicultural inclusion with various backgrounds and beliefs.  ~ Annabella S., Summer College Intro to Cyber Law student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • Understand the legal system
  • Study areas of law that have the most powerful presence in cyber-activities
  • Develop a worldly interest in law and technology through exposure to high profile tech/legal controversies
  • Visit courtrooms and other brick-and-mortar legal and technology spaces
  • Experience an actual law school learning environment and performance expectations
  • Practice courtroom speaking by ‘arguing’ your case in front of your student peers

Learn more about Introduction to Cyber Law:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 27 – July 10, 2020
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading SystemPass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date, junior and seniors preferred. Students should have strong English skills and be familiar with presentation software, such as Keynote, Slides, Powerpoint, etc.  For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

What to Pack

  • Laptop or fully-functioning tablet with printing capability recommended

    Summe College Cyber Law students touring the College of Law at Syracuse University
    Summe College Cyber Law students touring the College of Law at Syracuse University
  • Two courtroom-appropriate, professional outfits

Student Expectations

Students are expected to:

  • Timely read and be prepared to present assigned cases with or without your team, as applicable
  • Individual homework/research timely prepared and ready for presentation

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will be in class from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday for two-weeks. Students have Legal Principles and Applications lecture with the professor in the morning. Afternoon Legal Clinics are led by the teaching assistant. During Legal Clinic, students will present their homework findings, have conversations with local legal and technology experts, and go on various field trips to gain exposure to various legal and technology spaces and professionals.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Possible field trips include:

  • Tour of Syracuse University’s College of Law
  • Tour of Newhouse at Syracuse University
  • Tour of Fenner Windfarm
  • Tour of Centerstate CEO TechGarden
  • Tour of Onondaga County Courthouse
  • Tour of Federal Courthouse, Northern District of New York
  • Tour of iSchool

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 10, 2020 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the final course. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Diane E. Darwish Plumley, Esq.

Diane E. Darwish Plumley, Esq., owner of Darwish Law Offices, PC, has practiced law in Central New York for over 15 years. Mrs. Plumley is an honors graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Law, as well as of Syracuse University’s College of Information Studies where she earned her Masters of Science in Telecommunications and Network Management. Mrs. Plumley’s academic background includes study in mathematics, economics, technology transfer, and intellectual property. She is a guest lecturer in intellectual property, technology transfer, and courtroom litigation at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Darwish Law Offices, PC, is a family and matrimonial law firm, devoted to Central New York families and children. Blending her law practice and educational background, Mrs. Plumley volunteers substantial time to STEM education of local youth. Ms. Plumley is the current and three term president of the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY), additionally serving as Chairperson of the TACNY Junior Café Scientifique series since 2010, and previously served as TACNY’s 1st VP and Chair of Programs. Additionally, since 1999, Mrs. Plumley has been serving on the organizational committees for several youth STEM design, build and compete events – CNY Bridge Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em, the CNY Regional VEX Robotics competition, and the CNY Rocket Team Challenge – as well as the the CNY Science and Engineering Fair.

The Central New York community has recognized Mrs. Plumley’s efforts, and she has received the following awards: the 2013 CNY 40 under Forty Award, 2013-2014 VEX Robotics Competition Volunteer of the Year, 2013 distinguished volunteer of the MOST (the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology), 2014 10-year honored MOST volunteer, 2014 Presidential Gold Award for Volunteering, and 2017 MOST Commitment to Outreach Award.

In her relaxation time, Diane enjoys raising honeybees, producing honey and beeswax candles, raising chickens and producing eggs, making maple syrup, hiking, running, camping, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors with her husband and step-sons.