Students Say

Syracuse University College of Law is an institution that “offers many resources [toensure] that…students fulfill their potential.” The school emphasizes “the importance ofacquiring research skills” and many stress the uniqueness of the legal writing andresearch program. “The LCR staff come from different professional backgrounds makingour legal communication and research skills adaptable.”

Overview

Applicants
1,822
Acceptance Rate
59%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
196

Test Scores

LSAT
152 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Overall

Students Say

Syracuse University College of Law is an institution that “offers many resources [toensure] that…students fulfill their potential.” The school emphasizes “the importance ofacquiring research skills” and many stress the uniqueness of the legal writing andresearch program. “The LCR staff come from different professional backgrounds makingour legal communication and research skills adaptable.” Students also value the school’sconnection to the “fast-rising business school (Whitman School of Management), theMaxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, [along with] other departments as partof [the larger university system.]” They can also take advantage of joint-degree programswith the State University of New York—College of Environmental Science and Forestry,earning a Master in environmental sciences or natural resources management. Additionally, the “international program is fantastic.” A handful of respondents alsohighlight “the National Security and Counterterrorism Program [along with the myriadof] opportunities for clinics/externships.”

By and large, students declare that “the faculty is incredible” and represents some ofthe “preeminent scholars in their respective fields”; however, what they value most isjust how “accessible and completely dedicated to their students success” professors havedemonstrated themselves to be. As one second year explains, “They go to extremelengths to ensure that their students understand the material. Further they are availableall the time to help students.” A pleased classmate adds, “They are really here to makesure students learn, not just to do research.” The administration is also “extremely helpfuland supportive.” They take “student concerns serious[ly] and provide a lot of programmingto keep us all balanced.” Though a few do caution that there is “a lot ofbureaucracy, which can be quite annoying to deal with if you are not a traditional lawstudent (I am a JD/MBA). I often feel like I have to jump through hoops and fill out formafter 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 the2014-2015 academic year,” students state that the current facilities are “manageable andserviceable.” While many concede that the library is “small,” they also assure us that “itpacks a punch” and offers students “access to dozens of databases.” Many also appreciatehow “there are places to study if you are feeling social and places for when you needto study alone.” Perhaps more importantly, the “library staff is incredible. They areknowledgeable, 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 résumés 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 databasefor off-campus job opportunities would strengthen this department.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
50

44
Female
16
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
85
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
78%
Average Starting Salary
$59,250
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
85%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
45

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Medium and small sized law firms, and local government.

Graduates Employed by Area

42%
Private Practice
27%
Business/Industry
16%
Government
5%
Public Interes
4%
Judicial Clerkships
3%
Military
2%
Academic
1%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

60%
Mid-Atlantic
19%
South
6%
New England
5%
MidWest
5%
Pacific
3%
South West
1%
International
1%
Mountain

Prominent Alumni

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States

Theodore A. McKee
Chief Judge, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

David Gordon
Vice Chair, Latham & Watkins

Melanie Gray
Partner, Winston & Strawn

James E. Graves, Jr.
Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 15
Application Deadlines
Jan 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$53,102

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Direct Lender
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,000
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,000
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,610

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
620
Parent Institution Enrollement
21,267

Average Age at Entry
24

Demographics

100% are full time
0% are part time

Campus Life

Students Say

Many students at Syracuse proclaim that the school manages to foster “a fun environment.”Indeed, the “law school holds ample events, and the university is a Division I athletics school and competitive in the ACC in most sports.” There are also organized weekly social nights as well as a seasonal flag football league. A handful of people also socialize through the student-run Syracuse Law Review. Moreover, there are a multitude of law journals for them to join as well as moot court competitions. The surrounding area also offers “great bars [and] great restaurants.” As one knowledgeable third-year expounds, “Syracuse is affordable. There is enough to do on the one night a weekend you venture out as a law student, including some really great local restaurants. [Additionally, it’s only a] short drive to larger cities like Rochester and New York. Summers [in] Syracuse are the best: sunshine, moderate temperatures, and tons of festivals!” Though one pragmatic student does counter that Syracuse can be “trying in the winter.”

When it comes to their peers, law students at Syracuse are decidedly mixed. Some steadfastly assert that their fellow students are “competitive.” However, others assure us that they “[are] not cutthroat” and blame the competitive nature on a curve “which can be unforgiving.” And plenty more outright disagree, confidently stating that their peers are “generous and helpful to others.” One happy student goes as far as saying that “It feels like a family.” Further, for older students who might have children or separate lives, the school attempts to foster “a sense of community” by “organizing monthly get-togethers.” Whether you attend is up to you, and essentially, “The experience is what you make of it.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nikki S. Laubenstein
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions; Suite 340
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone
315-443-1962

Email
admissions@law.syr.edu
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Key Stats

1,822
Applicants
620
Size
59%
Acceptance Rate

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