Overview

Applicants
1,657
Acceptance Rate
58%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.38
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
196

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
150 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
July 15

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
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
53

42
Female
21
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Syracuse University’s College of Law is armed with a “beautiful” campus, “brand new facilities” and “challenging” courses. Students here love that they have access to a “diverse range of programs and specialties.” After all, that’s a “great way to [discover] which areas of the law interest you.” Students also “appreciate the fact that Syracuse “places strong emphasis on writing and experiential learning.” These courses “train law students to be lawyers, not just graduates of law school.” And, in turn, they allow “Syracuse graduates [to be] more competitive in the job market.”

In general, students find their law professors to be “very knowledgeable,” “extremely competent,” and “at the forefront of their respective legal fields.” It’s also evident that they really want students to become the “best attorneys possible.” Indeed, “they want you to succeed and will make themselves available in order for that to happen.” As one student shares, “I [never] fe[lt] afraid to ask a question in any of my classes...If I went to a professor’s office hours they were always there and would help me to understand a topic.”

Unfortunately, Syracuse’s administration gets mixed reviews. This is partially due to the fact that there’s been a lot of turnover recently. Many people feel that the newer hires are “less focused on student satisfaction than the previous administration, and...more concerned with alumni relations and donations.” Conversely, other students steadfastly assert that the current people in charge have a “clear vision of where they would like [Syracuse] to be down the road and how they will [get] there in the coming years.”

With regards to job prospects, many individuals note that the university’s “alumni connections are out of this world.” Unfortunately, a handful of students also bemoan career services and suggest that it’s “lacking.” Some complain that they’re “only willing to help students with the highest GPA.” Many students are also frustrated by the fact that the major focus is on positions in “central New York” since that’s where the school has the strongest connections. One last lament, “The new director of the office has no people skills. The only person that will work with students directly is the most senior member of the staff, but she is so overworked, that you have to wonder how long she will last.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
82%
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
87%

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, local government, and state court judges.

Graduates Employed by Area

8%
Public Interes

Graduates Employed by Region

60%
Mid-Atlantic
3%
South West

Prominent Alumni

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

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

Richard Alexander
Chairman, Arnold & Porter

Melanie Gray
Partner, Winston & Strawn

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Jan 15
Application Deadlines
Dec 8

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$54,620

% Students Receiving Some Aid
98%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,300
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$13,100
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$13,100
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,625
Fees
$2,122

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
565
Parent Institution Enrollement
22,484

Average Age at Entry
25

% International
5%

Demographics

21.94%
% Under-represented Minorities


Campus Life

Students Say

Law students at Syracuse view their classmates as “ambitious” and “eager.” Some grumble that these attributes (and the nature of law school), bring out the “competitive” side of their peers. However, others insist that their classmates feel like a “cohesive bunch.” As this pleased student shares, “I have been welcomed into the student body with open arms, invited to numerous events and activities, and been thoroughly engaged both inside and outside the classroom.”

Students do warn that Syracuse itself feels “dark and cold” for a good portion of the year. Fortunately, “the school does a lot to promote mental health in the winter and provides free coffee and breakfast weekly during the academic year and daily during finals.” Additionally, there are “plenty of formal networking opportunities” of which to take advantage. And there’s a “broad range of [clubs] to get involved [with]” as well. One final note, the “law school itself is located right next to the Carrier Dome, and undergraduate sporting events get priority parking.” Hence, it can be a bit of a headache “to get to...class [or simply study]...during football or basketball season.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Denee Page
Asst. Dean of Enrollment Management

Address
Cole Suite 100
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone
315-443-1962

Email
admissions@law.syr.edu