Fast Facts

The College of Law

  •  Founded in 1895
  •  Accredited by: American Bar Association (1923) and Association of American Law Schools (1900) Faculty and Legal Writing Professors: 45 (44% women; 16% minority)
  •  Total JD and LL.M. Student Enrollment: 562 (22% of upper-class students are joint degree candidates)
  •  Student to Faculty ratio: 13 to 1

Class of 2020 Profile*

  • Class Size: 197
  • Median LSAT: 154
  • 25th-75th% LSAT: 150 - 156
  • Median GPA: 3.38
  • 25th-75th% GPA: 3.04 - 3.60

*LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Syracuse University College of Law, pending certification by the Law School Admissions Council.

July 2016 Bar Passage Rate

Syracuse University College of Law 1st Time Test Takers:  89.5%
New York State ABA Accredited law schools: 83%

Admissions & Financial Aid Information

  • Merit- and need-based financial aid programs
  • Admissions application deadline: July 15th
    • Admission and merit scholarship decisions are made on a "rolling admissions" basis
    • June LSAT scores and late applications will be considered based on space availability
  • Financial Aid application deadlines: Submit FAFSA on the Web to federal processor: beginning October 1. Priority submission deadline:  January 15.
  • Application processes for admission and financial aid must be done concurrently; do not wait for an admissions decision to begin the financial aid application process.
  • Tuition for 2017 - 2018: $47,860 Required fees: $2,106
  • Class of 2020 receiving institutional financial aid: 95%

Career Services

Employment Survey for the Class of 2015 

  • Number of graduates in class: 189
  • Percent of class employed in all sectors or pursuing an advanced degree: 85%*
  • Percent of class that provided salary information: 63%
  • Average salary reported for 100+ attorney firms: $114,400
  • Average salary reported for all private practice: $74,500
  • Average salary reported for government employers: $56,000
  • Average salary reported for all public sector employers: $54,440

    *this percentage is calculated by adding the number of graduates employed in all sectors and types of employment (full-time/part-time/legal/non-legal - 143) to the number pursuing an advanced degree (10) and dividing that total by the number of graduates (189) minus the number of graduates whose employment status is unknown (9).   

View Office of Career Services Employment Statistics


Featured Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes 

Clinical Programs  

  • Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic
  • Community Development Law Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Law Clinic
  • Disability Rights Clinic
  • Elder law Clinic
  • Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Securities Arbitration/Consumer Law Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Clinic

Externship Programs

Advocacy Skills Programs 

  • Trial Advocacy Courses
  • Moot Court Teams and Competitions

First-Year Elective Courses (3 credits each)

  • Fact Investigation and Analysis
  • Introduction to Legal Practice: Applying Contracts, Torts and Civil Procedure
  • Land Use Planning & Zoning Law
  • National Security Lawyering
  • Negotiation for Lawyers
  • Problem Solving & intelligent Lawyering
  • Professional Responsibility: Becoming a Lawyer
  • Public Interest Lawyering

    * Courses may vary from year to year

    Opportunities for Specialization & Interdisciplinary Study

    Joint Degree Programs

    • J.D./Business Administration (M.B.A)
    • J.D./M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education (Disability Studies)
    • J.D./M.S. in Computer Science
    • J.D./Environmental Science and Forestry
    • J.D./M.S. in Forensic Science
    • J.D./M.S. in Library Science
    • J.D./Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.)
    • J.D./M.S. Communications
    • J.D./M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science
    • J.D./M.A. in Economics
    • J.D./M.A. in History
    • J.D./M.A. in International Relations
    • J.D./M.A. in Philosophy, and J.D./Doctor of Philosophy
    • J.D./Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)