Frequently Asked Questions
What is your median GPA? Median LSAT?
For the class of 2020*, the median GPA was a 3.39 on a 4.0 scale, and the median LSAT was a 154.
*LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Syracuse University College of Law, pending certification by the Law School Admissions Council
Are you a national or a regional law school?
Syracuse is considered to be a national law school. This means that we are known nationally, and that our graduates are placed in jobs all over the country (not just upstate New York).
When do you start accepting applications for the fall?
September 1st of each year.
What is the application deadline date?
Our priority application deadline is April 1st of each year. Syracuse Law 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 prior to August orientation) our deadline is July 15th.
Does Syracuse Law offer an Early Decision Program?
Yes. For more information regarding our Early Decision program, including how to apply, please review our frequently asked questions here.
What is the latest LSAT exam from which you will accept scores?
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.
What is your application fee?
Do you grant fee waivers?
Yes. To request a fee waiver, a student should:
*Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the reason for needing the application fee waived and provide full name and LSAC#. If granted, 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.
How many letters of recommendation do you require?
Syracuse Law requires 2 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).
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes - both merit and need based financial aid is available. Merit awards 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. Need-based financial aid is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and students must complete the financial aid application process to be considered. Syracuse Law typically awards merit and need-based aid to the majority of our entering students (95% for the past three entering classes).
Where do your students get jobs after graduation?
Our students find jobs all over the country. Refer to the Career Services webpages for more specific details and for a list of selected employers.
What is your Student to Faculty Ratio?
13 to 1
Where do your students come from?
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. See Fast Facts for more specific information.
What is your bar passage rate?
The bar passage rate is determined only by Syracuse Law students who took the New York State bar exam.
July, 2017 Bar:
Syracuse Law Overall NY pass rate for 1st time test takers = 91.6%
Do you have a part-time program?
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 8-11 credits per semester and are enrolled in daytime classes with the rest of the full-time JD class. Visit our Part-time Program page for more information or contact the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid at 315-443-1962.
Do you have any open houses?
Yes! The Admissions Office is holding an open house on January 20, 2018. To RSVP, click here. If you cannot attend an open house, Syracuse Law schedules individual visits for prospective and admitted students. Individual visits can be scheduled online by clicking here.
We also hold Admitted Student Days for admitted students during the spring. More information regarding these events will be mailed and emailed to admitted students.
What are my chances of being admitted?
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.
How do you handle multiple LSAT scores?
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.
I have been previously dismissed from law school, can I still apply?
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 Law and have been disqualified or dismissed cannot apply as a first year student until 1 year from the date of disqualification has passed. For more information, click here.