Frequently Asked Questions
For the class of 2020, the median GPA was a 3.38 on a 4.0 scale, and the median LSAT was a 154.
Syracuse is considered to be a national law school. This means that we are known nationally (and indeed, internationally), and that our graduates are placed in jobs all over the country (not just Upstate New York).
September 1 of each year.
Our priority application deadline is April 1 of each year. Syracuse operates on a “rolling admission” basis, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
To allow for June LSAT scores of the year of enrollment (ex. the June LSAT administration just before August orientation) our deadline is July 15.
Yes. For more information regarding our Early Decision program, including how to apply, please review our Early Decision FAQ[PDF].
Yes. The LSAT is required for the College of Law. To apply for the LSAT, visit lsac.org.
June. However, we encourage you to take an earlier LSAT, as June test takers will not learn of a decision until July.
Orientation for first year students typically begins the third week of August and it is to the student’s benefit to have as much time to prepare for enrollment.
Yes. To request a fee waiver, a student should email email@example.com and provide the reason for needing the application fee waived and provide full name and LSAC#.
If granted, the Office of Admissions will individually assign a fee waiver for students through the electronic LSAC database so that the application fee will be automatically waived when s/he applies.
Syracuse requires two letters of recommendation. These should be primarily from professors if the student is still in school, or from employers if the student graduated some time ago.
We require applicants to have their recommendation letters sent through the CAS (Credential Assembly Service).
Yes. Merit scholarships are decided on by the Admissions Committee and no additional scholarship application is required.
Admitted students are notified within their admission packet if a merit scholarship has been awarded.
Our students find jobs all over the country. Refer to the Office of Career Services webpages for more specific details and for a list of selected employers.
Our students come from all over the country and the world. Each year, approximately 35% - 50% are from New York State. After New York, we generally get the largest number of students from Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Visit our Fast Facts for more specific information.
The bar passage rate is determined by Syracuse University College of Law graduates who took the New York State bar exam.
The July 2019 Overall New York State pass rate for first time test takers was 88%.
Yes. Students may enroll on a part-time basis and complete the law degree in four years instead of three.
Part-time students take between 8 and 11 credits per semester and are enrolled in daytime classes with the rest of the full-time JD class.
Visit our part-time program webpage for more information or contact the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid at 315.443.1962.
We cannot make this assessment without seeing a student’s entire application. We review all pieces of an application: transcripts, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, essays, and resumes.
According to the ABA/LSAC rules, we will use the highest LSAT score to calculate student’s index score when it is taken multiple times.
We will, however, see all attempts at the LSAT and consider each score when reviewing the application.
As a general rule, the highest LSAT score is the score that will be used to combine with the undergraduate cumulative GPA for the index score.
Applicants who have been academically disqualified or dismissed from another law school cannot apply as a first year student until two years from the date of disqualification has passed.
Applicants who attended Syracuse University College of Law and have been disqualified or dismissed cannot apply as a first year student until one year from the date of disqualification has passed.