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.