Criteria for Admission
The admission decision process at Syracuse is more complex than merely rank-ordering applicants based on a numerical formula.
The Admissions Committee analyzes undergraduate transcripts closely for significant progression in grades earned or unusually difficult coursework.
The LSAT Writing Sample is reviewed to assess the applicant's skill level, writing ability, and preparedness to start learning to "write like a lawyer." The committee also considers subjective factors, such as undergraduate institution attended, graduate study in another discipline, work experience, leadership ability, and community service.
The committee determines an applicant's level of motivation by reviewing personal experiences indicating determination, patience, and perseverance. Past successes in addressing personal challenges, such as poverty or disability, are viewed as important indicators of motivation.
Syracuse Law has 3+3 agreements with Alfred University, Le Moyne College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, and three Atlanta-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.
Students who are admitted and enroll through the 3+3 agreement must complete all coursework required of their undergraduate major in three years. The first year at Syracuse Law fulfills the final year of the bachelor's degree, allowing 3+3 students to finish the bachelor's and juris doctor degrees in just six years. Contact the Syracuse Law Admissions Office at 315.443.1962 for specific information on applying as a 3+3 candidate.
For specific information about 3+3 agreements and each college's pre-law program, please visit these webpages:
Applicants to the J.D. degree program must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, completed three-fourths of the credits leading to a bachelor's degree, or apply through an approved 3+3 agreement after successfully completing three years of undergraduate study. All J.D. students are admitted to begin study in the fall semester only.