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Get the Orange Edge and Ease into Law School

We understand that as a newly admitted law student you may have a lot of questions about your first year of law school. That's why we created Orange Edge, a program specifically designed to help you prepare for your first semester.

Why enroll in Orange Edge?

  • Provides a rigorous introduction to the first year law school experience.
  • Developes your legal reasoning and writing skills to help you assess and improve your writing competency.
  • Teaches study skills and strategies for your first year.
  • Exposes you to the Socratic method.
  • Gives you a head start in networking with your professors, peers and the Syracuse Law community.

Orange Edge Overview

LAW SCHOOL SUCCESS: Students will be introduced to the Academic Achievement Program through classes that cover topics such as class preparation, note taking, outlining, rule synthesis, exam preparation, and wirtten and verbal communication.

LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM: The classes will analyze the structure and function of the US legal system and both the common law and statutory methods of lawmaking. All students will learn to read and brief cases, extrapolate rules of law from their readings and apply those rules to new fact patterns.

LEGAL WRITING WORKSHOP: Daily classes will be taught by a Legal Writing Professor culminating with students preparing an Office Memorandum.

SMALL STUDY GROUP SESSIONS: Teaching Assistants will lead sessions daily to debrief the day’s material, work on assignments, and answer students’ questions in an informal setting. The TA’s will also present on study skills such as class preparation, note taking, outlines, flowcharts and exam preparation.

Schedule and Cost

8.11.14 - 8.15.14

7.28.14 - 8.15.14

*Costs are non-refundable

*Refunds will be processed beginning the first day of classes, no sooner. Early refunds are not available! Students are advised to plan their finances accordingly and have enough cash on hand to pay for their personal expenses during the Orange Edge Program and the first week to ten days of classes each semester.


For more information on Orange Edge call 315.443.1962 or email admissions@law.syr.edu.

 Register for Orange Edge

What students are saying about Orange Edge

“It is a great opportunity to ease your transition into law school and gain the skills necessary to succeed once you are here.”
Alexandria M. Baland, Class of 2016

“I knew law school would be hard, but having a close knit group ready to take it on with me made things much easier.”
Roger A. Corral, Class of 2016

“Many classes have one exam that counts for 100% of your grade; so my experience in this summer program helped me feel prepared for the exam process.”
Jennifer A. Camillo, Class of 2016

“I learned that saying “I don’t know” would not get me out of answering the question -  forcing me to always prepare an answer to every question asked.”
Fulvia Vargas, Class of 2016