Syracuse University College of Law prides itself on its dedication to teaching, and the personal attention our faculty give to every student.
Our faculty has broad and deep expertise in the law. This is reflected in our rich curricular offerings that allow students not only to build foundational skills but also to take an array of elective courses in areas of interest.
With a low student-to-faculty ratio, Syracuse Law offers small classes that enable every student to get personal attention and build relationship with faculty.
During the first year of study, students learn the basics of public and private law. The following courses are required for all first-year students to provide them with the necessary grounding in fundamental legal concepts: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Communication and Research I and II, Property, Torts, and Professional Responsibility.
All courses taken in the first year are one-semester.
After the first year, students have only five prescribed course requirements to fulfill: Constitutional Law II, Professional Responsibility, Legal Communication and Research III, a writing requirement, and a course in Administrative Law or legislation and statutory interpretation.
The remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through elective upper level courses, clinical and externship experiences for credit, co-curricular activities for credit, and/or graduate-level coursework approved for credit toward the Juris Doctor degree.
In addition, law students may take as many as six credits in graduate coursework to apply toward the Juris Doctor degree from other Syracuse University colleges with prior approval.
LL.M. students must complete a minimum of 24-credits to qualify for graduation. Each student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about our LL.M program.
The College of Law’s course offerings are divided primarily on a semester basis (fall and spring) constituting one full academic year.
In the first semester, LL.M. students are required to enroll in two courses designed for the LL.M. program; Introduction to American Legal Studies, U.S. Legal Writing for International Students.
Our LL.M. students are encouraged to enroll in a variety of courses. Those interested in eligibility should consider our core, ‘Lower Division’ classes such as American Constitutional Law, Torts, Property, Criminal Law, and Contracts as well as to use their electives to explore an array of course offerings and specializations.
Syracuse University College of Law awards the Juris Doctor degree to students who successfully complete a minimum of 87 credits of prescribed and elective coursework taken during a period in residence equivalent to six full-time academic semesters. Each student must earn a cumulative grade point average and a final-year grade point average of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale to satisfactorily complete the course of study. Degree requirements are different for students pursuing a joint degree. Learn more about Syracuse Law’s joint degree programs.