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Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School's curriculum recognizes the importance of traditional common law principles and the evolving needs of a national and global economy. Our mission is to prepare students to practice law in an ethical and professional manner and to use their legal skills often in combination with other professional training in business and government. Required courses involving common law and constitutional principles are balanced with a range of specialized elective courses enabling students to meet their own needs and to satisfy bar entry requirements. Traditional classroom teaching is complemented by emphasis on legal analysis and writing, counseling, negotiation, and advocacy skills. Students have the opportunity to learn the use of computer technology in our state-of-the-art classrooms. Clinical programs and internships are available to allow students to obtain practical experience. The mission of the Law School is accomplished through both day and evening programs that maintain high academic quality with full-time faculty and adjunct instructors drawn from the leadership of the bench and bar

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1632
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 147 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.98 - 3.48
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.81%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 70.0%
Tuition $44,064

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About Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School's curriculum recognizes the importance of traditional common law principles and the evolving needs of a national and global economy. Our mission is to prepare students to practice law in an ethical and professional manner and to use their legal skills often in combination with other professional training in business and government. Required courses involving common law and constitutional principles are balanced with a range of specialized elective courses enabling students to meet their own needs and to satisfy bar entry requirements. Traditional classroom teaching is complemented by emphasis on legal analysis and writing, counseling, negotiation, and advocacy skills. Students have the opportunity to learn the use of computer technology in our state-of-the-art classrooms. Clinical programs and internships are available to allow students to obtain practical experience. The mission of the Law School is accomplished through both day and evening programs that maintain high academic quality with full-time faculty and adjunct instructors drawn from the leadership of the bench and bar

Reviews

A very strong evening program, “high level of pro bono participation,” and a fantastic bar passage rate are just a few of the many attributes that make Suffolk Law students love their school. Students say the peer-mentoring program, Academic Support Services, and specialized tutoring, as well as the school’s top clinic programs, many journals, and student organizations “make for a rich law school experience.” “I participated in the Juvenile Defenders Clinic, and…have been able to appear in court nearly a dozen times on behalf of my clients,” says a 3L. “The practical experience you can acquire, should you desire such experience, is unparalleled.” Because of the school’s connection with the legal community of greater Boston, Suffolk “has a large number of current and former judges on its faculty, which provides for an excellent learning experience.”The school offers a “vast array” of different courses in all specialty areas of the law (as well as a thorough legal writing program), and the “tough but understanding” profes­sors are “consummate professionals and experts in their field.” “I have found that respectful dissenting opinions, even radical ones, are met with enthusiasm and serious consideration,” says a student. These teachers are the “best part” of Suffolk, “come from all walks of life,” and “are not using their positions to launch their career somewhere else.” “I even had a tax law professor (a subject I dreaded) who made tax interesting and, dare I say, exciting,” says a 3L.The administration here receives similar kudos for its “fair” treatment of student concerns, particularly the Registrar’s Office. “Everyone is willing to work with you [administration, registrar, faculty], but no one is going to work for you,” sums up a student. Academic support and bar prep are both “excellent,” though Career Services “needs to do better about reaching out to students and professionals in the field to actually place students while in law school,” by “building alumni connections within private employers in the city.”Another perk of Suffolk Law is the strong alumni network, which, “in a city with so many law schools…is very important.” “Anywhere you go, anywhere you work, there will be a Suffolk grad,” says a 1L. A 2L puts it a little less delicately: “I think we’re all aware that we’re probably not getting by on the name of the school like other Boston schools, so everybody is really focus[ed] on building their networks and learning the skills they need.”The facilities here are brand-new and “outstanding.” “I feel like I am part of a grand tradition of lawyers, yet have access to state-of-the-art classrooms,” says a 3L. Still, many students wish the school’s reputation had more of a “national presence,” as the name “doesn’t immediately curry the same sort of respect as a more highly ranked school.” “Something is holding the school back from being respected as a top law school. It is not the faculty and it is not the students,” says one of many puzzled students.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 516

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

JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/MS in International Economics, JD/MS in Finance, JD/MS in Criminal Justice. Each program can be completed in four years of full-time study or five years of part-time study. There is a three year JD/MBA program as well.

Specialty Law Programs

  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 151
Full-Time Faculty 74
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 61
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 18 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $44,064 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,064 $44,064

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$50,845 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Suffolk University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 148 - 156
LSAT Part-Time 144 - 154
LSAT Total 147 - 155

Suffolk University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.06 - 3.5
Part-Time 2.88 - 3.44
Total 2.98 - 3.48

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 71%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 85
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 70%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 74 19%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 14 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 13 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 13 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 31 8%
Business Industry 111 29%
Government 53 14%
Public Interest 18 5%
State Clerkship 19 5%
Academia 8 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 10 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 80 15%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 13 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
RI 2%
NY 3%
MA 81%
International 0%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Suffolk University Law School include:

  • Nina Wells - New Jersey Secretary of State
  • Patrick Lynch - Rhode Island Attorney General
  • Kristen Kuliga - Principal, K Sports and Entertainment
  • James Bamford - Author
  • John Joseph Moakley - U.S. Congressman

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