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At Syracuse Law, we value the service and experience of veterans, reservists, active‐duty military and the National Guard. The skills you develop in the military ‐ problem‐solving, leadership and discipline are easily transferable to a successful academic experience in law school and beyond. Create a future that combines law with any number of specialized fields allowing you to shape a professional niche that matches your strengths, passions and talents. Students enjoy small class sizes, personal interaction with faculty and a number of joint degree and specialized programs including national security and counterterrorism law, J.D./M.A. in International Relations and J.D./M.P.A., to name a few.

Syracuse University has a longstanding commitment to veterans and military families which has not gone unrecognized.

  • The University was ranked #4 for veterans by U.S. News & World Report
  • #10 for Best Places for Post‐Military Career by Military.com
  • Earned the designation of a Top Military‐Friendly School by Military Advanced Education in its 2014 Guide to Military‐Friendly Colleges & Universities.

We are dedicated to our veteran population, providing access to multiple resources and activities as well as offering military‐related academic programs and student organizations.

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There are a variety of Educational Benefits for Veterans which allow student-veterans and dependents of veterans to easily finance their legal education. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides financial support for tuition & fees, a stipend for books & supplies, and a housing allowance.

  • Eligible Syracuse Law students in the 100% tier of the Yellow Ribbon Program have all of their tuition and educational expenses covered, as well as the military’s monthly housing allowance (BAH).
  • The amount you receive is based on the length of your active duty service; most veterans receive up to 36 months of entitlement.
  • Syracuse Law has entered into an agreement with the VA to pay costs above those covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • To apply for VA benefits, log onto the VA website.
  • Contact the Syracuse Law Financial Aid Office at 315-443-1963 or financialaid@law.syr.edu if you have questions about the Steps to Apply for VA Benefits at Syracuse Law.


Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)

INSCTOur world-renown INSCT programs offers multidisciplinary programs that address the law and policy of national and international security, counterterrorism, postconflict reconstruction, and cybersecurity. INSCT’s students engage in advanced coursework, research projects guided by expert faculty and networking events. Learn more.

J.D./M.A. International Relations (J.D./MAIR) or J.D./M.P.A

International RelationsThe Maxwell School’s M.P.A. program is consistently ranked #1 in US News and World Report. A unique interdisciplinary approach will help students understand the political, economic and social context of public administration, as well as learn the skills necessary for effective management and decision making in the policy world. Learn more.

The M.A. International Relations degree, also highly ranked in its field by Foreign Affairs, provides students with a deep understanding of the world and regional affairs necessary for the global workplace and draws on the Maxwell School's expertise in public affairs and cutting edge applied social science research. Learn more.

In addition to expanding your professional options our joint degree programs offer a tremendous value; tuition is often the same as a single degree program. 

J.D./M.B.A. for Veterans

MBA WhitmanSyracuse Law offers joint degree options with the Martin J. Whitman School of Management's M.B.A. for Veterans Program. It's specially designed to leverage military veterans' education, experience and skills. Learn more.

D.C. Externship Program

D.C. Externship ProgramSyracuse Law’s D.C. Externship Program combines professional experience with unique course work to develop an understanding of how lawyers function in our nation’s capital. Gain real-world experience working as part of a legal team in a variety of environments - from government to nonprofits to private practice. Network weekly with D.C.-area alumni and other practitioners. Learn more.


SUVRC LogoSyracuse University's Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center opened in July 2009 to assist prospective and current students with Veterans Administration and University business matters and to provide a welcoming space for veterans on campus. The office and Veterans Lounge is located at 700 University Ave.Our center services military veterans and service members from across campus to ensure they can pursue their academic goals at Syracuse. Expert staff members with information related to the GI Bill and Syracuse University's Yellow Ribbon participation are available to prospective students of any academic program to offer assistance and advice. This full-service department of the University also works to foster a community for veterans on campus through social and service programs. Veterans are recognized at a commencement reception where they receive honor chords for their service. Learn more.

Veteran Resource Center Brochure

IVMF LogoSyracuse University's Institute for Veterans & Military Families

The first institute of its kind in the nation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) mission is to fully leverage the intellectual, human and social capital of higher education, in service to America’s veterans and their families. Learn more.

IVMF LogoSyracuse VA Medical Center

Is part of the largest integrated health care system in the United States. The Syracuse VA Medical Center provides state-of-the-art patient care and is only steps away from campus. Learn more.

Connect with a Vet

If you would like to be contacted by a veteran, please email us at admissions@law.syr.edu. Provide your name, email address and any specific questions and we will do our best to connect you.

What Students are Saying

Tom Caruso, Class of 2014

Officer in U.S. Navy
Graduate Assistant, National Security Studies Program
Co-founder and Executive Director, VISION

"Syracuse Law is the perfect choice for prior service members or aspiring Judge Advocates for their legal education. Many schools can teach you National Security Law, at Syracuse you get to practice it. I have participated in half a dozen national security crisis simulations that have given me the skills and confidence I need to serve my country after graduation. You will not find an experience like this anywhere else."

J.D. Military Admissions Video

Military Video

Hear how your military skills can easily transfer to a successful academic law school experience.

What Alumni are Saying

James T. Dehn L’98, Government Appellate Counsel


U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate
151st Legal Support Organization in support of
U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
Ft. Belvior, VA

“Syracuse Law provided me with exceptional training and experiences that have served me well- in both my military and civilian careers as an appellate attorney in the Army and at the Department of Homeland Security.  The trial and appellate advocacy faculty at Syracuse are outstanding and there are numerous opportunities to develop and refine advocacy skills by participating in the Moot Court Board and a variety of writing and oral advocacy competitions.  I continue to rely on the core advocacy skills that I learned at Syracuse whenever I prepare to argue a case.”

Joseph G. Nosse L'08, Command Judge Advocate

35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, JAG Corps, U.S. Army
Osan Air Force Base, Songtan, Republic of Korea

“The professional world is constantly evolving and becoming more dynamic and thus it demands more from us as young professionals as we venture out to start our careers. The J.D./M.P.A. joint degree program at Syracuse not only gave me a premier educational experience, but it gave me that needed competitive edge by cross pollinating my legal education with the best Public Administration program in the country. No other law school can offer that. The professors at Syracuse Law and the Maxwell School exceeded my expectations with their breadth of experiences and command of their particular niche of academia. Meanwhile, the two academic experiences complemented each other by developing two analytical skill sets that in turn increased my overall understanding of the interaction between law and policy.

The program has opened the doors for professional advancement in any field of public service and prepared me to excel both in the military and the civilian sectors. Beyond the academics, the friendships and bonds I developed with classmates will prove to be the most beneficial as we are now colleagues in a multitude of career fields spread across the world. I can reach out to that network and tap into the expertise of my colleagues. The interdisciplinary education makes that possible.”


'Serving Those Who Served Us All.' is the motto of Syracuse Law's student organization, Veterans' Issues and Support Initiative and Outreach Network (VISION). VISION was created by students who wanted to better serve Syracuse and Central New York-area veterans and their families. Its signature program, Valor Day, provides free legal services and counseling to service members veterans and their families. Learn more.

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Prospective Military Applicant Webinar

Syracuse Law recently hosted a webinar for prospective military applicants which is available here.