The College of Law at Syracuse University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Anikka S. Laubenstein
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at Syracuse University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 47.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 47.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.1-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.36
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. MA/History
J.D./M.A. Economics MA/Political Science
J.D./M.A. International Relations MA/Philosophy
J.D./M.P.A. MS/Finance
J.D./M.S. Cultural Foundations of Edu. MA/Public Relations
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
As part of a leading research university, the law curriculum combines a commitment to scholarship, teaching, and research. We offer innovative interdisciplinary programs, with 7 Centers and 2 Institutes; a clinical program with 8 in-house clinics and externship program; a highly competitive advocacy skills training program with award-winning student teams; and 10 joint-degree programs.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 113
Seminars 16
Positions available in seminars 190
Positions available in simulation courses 548
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 142
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Office of Student Life is staffed with an assistant dean and 3 professional counselors who provide academic and bar exam support, academic advising, counseling, leadership training, professional and diversity programming, wellness activities, and pro bono and community service activities. For a listing of student publications and organizations visit: www.law.syr.edu/student-life/index.aspx

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 65
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 45
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 156
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 429
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 139
Full-time students involved in field placements 123
Full-time students involved in law journals 101
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 51
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 49

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.9:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 57
Full-time minority faculty 17.6%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 83
Total faculty (men) 60.2%
Total faculty (women) 39.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#96 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#96 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 43
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.1-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.36
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 47.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 12.9:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.7% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.5% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 70.4% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 645

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 640

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 5

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 13.9%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 11.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 3.6%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 11.1%
Female students discontinuing law school 8.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Gina M. Soliz
Financial aid phone (315) 443-1963
Financial aid application deadline February 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $45,647 per year
Room and board $12,580
Books $1,380
Miscellaneous expenses $5,393
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 54.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 13.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.9%
Median grant amount $8,400
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,700–$21,500
Full-time students receiving grants 70.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $132,993
Proportion who borrowed 79.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 60,657
Microform titles 36,650
Electronic titles 9,143
Other non-book titles 1,867
Total titles 108,317
Volumes (excluding microforms) 231,377
Volume equivalent microforms 276,860
Total volumes and volume equivalents 508,237
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 106
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 69
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 27
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 10
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 69
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 20
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 81
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 36
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 14
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 5
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 34,988
Total seats available for library users 396
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The library contains an information commons, computer cluster, and a variety of group and individual study spaces. Print and electronic collections are complemented by those of the University Library system, all accessible through a University-wide wireless network.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 70.4% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 189
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 11.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 88.9%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 40.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 7.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 3.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $52,000
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $85,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 55%
Median public service starting salary $50,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.2%
Percent employed in business and industry 27.3%
Percent employed in government 13.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 6.5%
Percent employed in law firms 37.7%
Percent employed in public interest 10.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 52%
Graduates employed out-of-state 45.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 22
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 6.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 57.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 5.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 19.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 6.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Services include: professional development seminars; individual counseling; mock interviews; 1L students career exploration assistance; programs regarding networking skills/professionalism; on/off campus interview programs; resume collection program; alumni networking/mentoring opportunities; strategic career planning assistance. www.law.syr.edu/professional-career-development/index.aspx

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 68.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 18.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 85.7%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 7.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 54.5%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 7.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 20.0%