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Syracuse University College of Law

Interdisciplinary programs at the College of Law partner our offerings with other schools and colleges to create innovative initiatives that cross academic barriers-thus our students gain both a sound doctrinal legal education and practical hands-on experience in the real world. The College of Law includes nine academic interdisciplinary centers and institutes led by nationally recognized faculty.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 665
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.12 - 3.47
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 76.68%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.0%
Tuition $45,690

Overview

Overview

About Syracuse University College of Law

Interdisciplinary programs at the College of Law partner our offerings with other schools and colleges to create innovative initiatives that cross academic barriers-thus our students gain both a sound doctrinal legal education and practical hands-on experience in the real world. The College of Law includes nine academic interdisciplinary centers and institutes led by nationally recognized faculty.

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Syracuse University College of Law is an institution that “offers many resources [to ensure] that…students fulfill their potential.” The school emphasizes “the importance of acquiring research skills” and many stress the uniqueness of the legal writing and research program. “The LCR staff come from different professional backgrounds making our legal communication and research skills adaptable.” Students also value the school’s connection to the “fast-rising business school (Whitman School of Management), the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, [along with] other departments as part of [the larger university system.]” They can also take advantage of joint-degree programs with the State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry, earning a Masters in environmental sciences or natural resources management. Additionally, the “international program is fantastic.” A handful of respondents also highlight “the National Security and Counterterrorism Program [along with the myriad of] opportunities for clinics/externships.”By and large, students declare that “the faculty is incredible” and represents some of the “preeminent scholars in their respective fields”; however, what they value most is just how “accessible and completely dedicated to their students success” professors have demonstrated themselves to be. As one second year explains, “They go to extreme lengths to ensure that their students understand the material. Further they are available all the time to help students.” A pleased classmate adds, “They are really here to make sure students learn, not just to do research.” The administration is also “extremely help­ful and supportive.” They take “student concerns serious[ly] and provide a lot of pro­gramming to keep us all balanced.” Though a few do caution that there is “a lot of bureaucracy, which can be quite annoying to deal with if you are not a traditional law student (I am a JD/MBA). I often feel like I have to jump through hoops and fill out form after useless form just to do what is required by my program.” Though Syracuse is “building a brand new law school building for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year,” students state that the current facilities are “manageable and serviceable.” While many concede that the library is “small,” they also assure us that “it packs a punch” and offers students “access to dozens of databases.” Many also appreci­ate how “there are places to study if you are feeling social and places for when you need to study alone.” Perhaps more importantly, the “library staff is incredible. They are knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.”Students here are also incredibly grateful for their alumni network, which is a “fabulous resource.” As one pleasantly surprised second-year elaborates, “I have found that many alumni genuinely care and are willing to go above and beyond what they are asked to help ensure that my goals are given their best chance to succeed.” Many also applaud the efforts of the Office of Professional and Career Development. “They connect you with alumni, provide fast but thorough critiques of resumes and cover letters, and do a whole host of trainings to help you prepare for internship and job searches.” However, others complain that “the resources available to the students seem to be limited.” A 1L suggests, “Improving programming, on-campus networking events, and developing a larger data­base for off-campus job opportunities would strengthen this department.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 205

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

- J.D./M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education (Disability Studies) - J.D./M.S. in Computer Science - J.D./Business Administration (M.B.A.) - J.D./M.S. in Forensic Science - J.D./M.S. in Library Science - J.D./Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) - J.D./M.S. Communications - J.D./M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science - J.D./M.A. in Economics - J.D./M.A. in History - J.D./M.A. in International Relations - J.D./M.A. in Philosophy, and J.D./Doctor of Philosophy - J.D./Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Most can be complete in 3 - 3.5 years. JD/MBA 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 86
Full-Time Faculty 57
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 21
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Multi-racial 7%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,690 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,190 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $56,880 $45,690

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$52,333 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Syracuse University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 156
LSAT Total 152 - 156

Syracuse University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.12 - 3.47
Total 3.12 - 3.47

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#10 Most Competitive Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 77%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Average Starting Salary $67,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 21%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 1%
Business Industry 39 27%
Government 23 16%
Public Interest 11 8%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 6 4%
Other Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 10%
DC 10%
NY 51%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Syracuse University College of Law include:

  • James E. Graves, Jr. - Federal Appeals Court Judge
  • Melanie Gray - Ptr & Lit Co-Chair, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • David Gordon - Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Theodore A. McKee - Federal Appeals Court Judge
  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr. - Vice President of the United States

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