The School of Law at Suffolk University

The School of Law at Suffolk University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Gail N. Ellis
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $60
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at Suffolk University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 69.5% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.26
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 70.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.92-3.47
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.26
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 67.2%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 150-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.97-3.55
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.26
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 152

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.S.F.
J.D./M.S.I.E.
J.D./M.S.C.J.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Law students may concentrate in Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation, Health and Biomedical Law, International Law, and Business and Financial Services. They may enroll in a broad array of clinical and internship programs, including public and private international internships . The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service offers opportunities in public policy and public service work.
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 329
Seminars 58
Positions available in seminars 1,027
Positions available in simulation courses 1,135
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 109
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Five Honor Boards (Law Review, Transnational Law Review, Moot Court Board, Journal of High Technology Law, and Journal of Health and Biomedical Law). Over 30 cultural and practice-area focused student organizations operate under the Student Bar Association. Students also have the opportunity to participate in many national, interscholastic, and intrascholastic moot court competitions.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 90
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 649
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 725
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 90
Full-time students involved in field placements 113
Full-time students involved in law journals 139
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 135
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 19

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 90
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 273
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 246
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 19
Part-time students involved in field placements 18
Part-time students involved in law journals 23
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 22
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 28

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.9:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 129
Full-time minority faculty 15.7%
Part-time minority faculty 3.4%
Total faculty 151
Total faculty (men) 62.9%
Total faculty (women) 37.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 9.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#135 Best Law Schools

(5) Ranking by Specialties

#20 in Clinical Training
#18 in Dispute Resolution
#113 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#9 in Legal Writing
#50 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 33
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.8
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.94-3.49
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.26
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 154
Acceptance rate 69.5% – High
Student-faculty ratio 16.9:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.9% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.7% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1681

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,101

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 580

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 0.8%
Male students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Jana Cox
Financial aid phone (617) 573-8147
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $42,660 per year
Part-time: $31,994 per year
Room and board $9,066
Books $1,000
Miscellaneous expenses $6,424
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? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 37.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 11.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.5%
Median grant amount $15,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $7,500–$25,000
Full-time students receiving grants 51.7%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 24.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.6%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.2%
Median grant amount $6,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$8,500
Part-time students receiving grants 27.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $119,096
Proportion who borrowed 84.4%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 59,695
Microform titles 107,698
Electronic titles 9,791
Other non-book titles 621
Total titles 177,805
Volumes (excluding microforms) 150,312
Volume equivalent microforms 205,385
Total volumes and volume equivalents 355,697
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 103
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 74
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 22
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 61
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 4
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 76
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 53
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 23
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 53
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 8

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, 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) 2,000
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 1,400
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 100
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 250
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? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 85,811
Total seats available for library users 880
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Sargent Hall, built in 1999, is widely recognized as one of the best law school facilities in the U.S. and as an urban gem with state-of-the-art I.T. infrastructure throughout. The 880-seat Moakley Law Library is 85,811 sq. ft over 3 floors within Sargent Hall, and is 100% wired and wireless. It contains 355,000 volumes, 22 group study rooms, a mediation/negotiation suite, and multiple labs.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.7% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 487
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 7.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 48.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 13.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.4%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $72,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $120,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 36%
Median public service starting salary $48,405

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 24.7%
Percent employed in government 14.3%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.6%
Percent employed in law firms 48.5%
Percent employed in public interest 2.8%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.3%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 79%
Graduates employed out-of-state 15.8%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 19
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 83.7%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 4.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.8%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.3%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.2%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.2%
Employment location unknown 4.6%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Development Office is dedicated to students and alumni in their search for satisfying legal employment. The office provides self-assessment, resume and cover letter review workshops to sharpen interviewing and negotiating skills and methods to explore job opportunities. We accomplish these shared goals through information sessions and individual attention.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 57.7%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 92.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 21.7%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 76.5%
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) 16.3%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.2%
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) 4.3%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 47.1%