Empire State Scholarship

The establishment of academic standards for the Empire State Scholarship Program acknowledges the competitive nature of the law school application process, while still providing a significant opportunity for New York State residents to affordably attend the Syracuse University College of Law.​

Syracuse University College of Law provides a $20,000 Empire State Scholarship for all admitted New York State residents who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5. In addition, qualified students eligible for the Empire State Scholarship may receive merit-based scholarships that exceed the $20,000. 

For admitted New York State residents who meet the GPA requirement, the Syracuse Law Empire State Scholarship will be automatic and not require additional paperwork other than that required to verify NY residence. The scholarship will renew automatically for the second and third years of law school, so long as the student is in good academic standing at the beginning of each school year.

New York State residents seeking to enter law school in the fall of 2018 must submit completed applications by March 1, 2018, to guarantee qualification for the scholarship. 

Apply to the College of Law.

For more information about the scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions: 315-443-1962; admissions@law.syr.edu

Syracuse University College of Law Empire State Scholarship FAQ’s

​New York State permanent residents who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 (or higher) that enroll in Syracuse Law in fall 2018 as new, 1-L, full-time students, will receive an automatic $20,000 scholarship towards J.D. program tuition.

Students who are bona-fide legal residents of New York State are eligible. The Office of Admissions will use information contained in the application to make residency determinations. The Office of Admissions may ask for additional documents such as a driver’s license and/or voter identification card to verify residency.​

​Yes. All students who are admitted to Syracuse Law are automatically considered for merit scholarships during the application review process.

The Empire State Scholarship will renew for the second and third year of law school so long as you remain in good academic standing at the end of each academic year.​

New York State residents who submit complete applications by March 1, 2018 will qualify for the Empire State Scholarship. Please note that those who apply after March 1st will still be considered for merit scholarships. ​

No. The Empire State Scholarship is available for new, full-time,1-L, J.D. students only.​