Students Say

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.”

Overview

Applicants
2,416
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.24
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
450

Test Scores

LSAT
145 - 153

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$60

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

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 studentconcerns, 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 astudent. 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 toactually 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.


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
149

42.28
Female
12.75
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
80
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
83%
Average Starting Salary
$55,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
69%

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
85

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Suffolk alumni practice in numerous large, medium and small law firms in Boston. Many practice in the Public Sector, work in all levels of Government Service, and serve on the Judiciary.

Graduates Employed by Region

7%
Mid-Atlantic
3%
South

Prominent Alumni

Hon. Linda S. Dalianis
Chief Justice New Hampshire Supreme Court

Robert A. DeLeo
Speaker of the Mass. House of Representatives

Kristen Kuliga
Principal, K Sports and Entertainment, NFL and MLB sports agent

William Galvin
Mass. Secretary of State

Hon. Gustavo Gelpi Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge (D-Puerto Rico); President of the Federal Bar Association

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$50,845

% Students Receiving Some Aid
85%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,890
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,706
Parent Institution Enrollement
8,796

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
42
Average Age at Entry
26

% Out-of-State
37%
% International
1%

Demographics

28.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

74% are full time
26% are part time
54% female
46% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The “fairly large student body” is divided into 1L sections upon entrance to the school, which does a lot “to create close friendships and collaborative relationships between new students.” The school is pretty much composed of “nice, young people, mostly from the Boston area,” which makes for “a cohesive bunch—none of that Paper Chase nonsense.” “I am so happy to be at a school where I feel challenged by my classmates, but not threatened,” says a student. A surprising number of students refer to the “professionalism” of their classmates, possibly due to the frequent intermingling of day and evening students in evening classes, which “is of benefit to both, with the evening students bringing a lotof real-world experience to class discussions.” On the flip side, “It’s hard to get involvedin the social side of life at Suffolk when you’re in the evening program.”

The central Boston location “couldn’t be better,” and lends to the school the quality ofa “social paradise, with frequent events at school and local bars.” “You’re [a] ten-minutewalk from the Prudential Center, a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall, a two-minutewalk from Pemberton Square, ten minutes from the BMC, and thirty seconds from theBoston Common or the State House.” Most first-year students “gather at the local wateringhole on Friday afternoon to let off steam and talk trash about the other sections” in agood-natured way. There are also “consistent events throughout the academic year”involving clubs, job opportunities, networking seminars, political groups, and more.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Matt Gavin
Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions

Address
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977

Phone
617-573-8144

Email
lawadm@suffolk.edu
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Key Stats

2,416
Applicants
1,706
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate

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