Semester Exchange & Visa Application
Upon inquiry to Syracuse Law, you will receive an Exchange Student Application. The application collects information that will allow us to build your student record in our system and plan for your arrival. The Exchange Student Application also collects information that our Slutzker Center for International Student Services [link] will use to generate your I-20 student visa document.
Our School and Our Community
Syracuse Law is one of 11 schools and colleges at Syracuse University. The law school enrolls approximately 600 J.D. and LL.M. students; and the university enrolls approximately 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We are located in Upstate New York, approximately 1-1.5 hours by plane from major cities along the East Coast such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The “University Hill” is located adjacent to our commercial downtown area with restaurants, coffee shops, and commercial businesses. This short video [link] provides an overview of the City of Syracuse.
The College of Law was founded in 1895. We are located in Dineen Hall, which opened in August of 2014. I encourage you to ‘Explore Dineen Hall’ [link].
Academic, Course Registration, and Course Options
All semester exchange students must have completed a minimum of two (2) full years of coursework in a Bachelors of Law (LL.B.) or law/legal studies program at his/her foreign home institution and must be in good academic standing. You will register for courses when you arrive to Syracuse before the start of your semester. You will be required to enroll in ‘Legal Writing for International Students’ (3 credits) which is also a requirement for our international LL.M. program.
Semester exchange students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits of Law coursework in order to be considered ‘full time’ and in compliance with your student visa requirements. You may enroll in any courses where enrollment is open with the exception of those courses/sections identified on the course schedule as Legal Communication & Rhetoric I, II, and III; Clinics; Semester in D.C. Externship; and Special Activities.
Syracuse Law offers over 100 different courses ranging from subjects in doctrinal law (Torts, Contracts, Property, etc.) to upper-level electives in Bankruptcy Law, International Business Transactions, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, etc. We have particularly strong concentrations in national security and counterterrorism law, technology transfer law, disability rights law, commercial and corporate law, and human rights law. Our full course descriptions [link] can be found online.
Students in our semester exchange program may use the credits obtained during their exchange semester toward satisfaction of the degree requirements in our Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. Essentially, you may come to Syracuse to pursue 1 semester of coursework as an exchange student and then return to complete only 1 more semester of coursework as an LL.M. student. The LL.M. degree will be conferred after all admissions and degree requirements are met. Please know that students seeking to pursue the LL.M. degree under this pathway must complete both semesters within a 5-year period; and students seeking to become eligible for the New York State bar exam under this pathway must complete both semesters within a 2-year period.
You will received grades for courses taken at Syracuse Law as either letters grades (A, A-, B, etc.) or on a “pass/fail” basis depending upon the preference of your home institution.
Cost of Attendance
As a semester exchange student coming to Syracuse Law under a partnership agreement with your home institution, you will not be charged tuition to Syracuse Law during your exchange semester. However, you will be required to pay mandatory semester fees to the University and the College of Law. You will also be responsible for your own living expenses related to books, housing, personal allowance, etc. An estimated cost of attendance will be sent to you with your Exchange Student Application.
In order to obtain your I-20 student visa document and commence the student visa application process, you must first submit Proof of Financial Support documentation to the Office of International Programs (Dineen Hall, Suite 217, Syracuse, New York, 13210). Acceptable financial proof for privately sponsored applicants is an original signed letter of support from the sponsor that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements indicating funds sufficient to cover at least the student's semester of fees and living expenses. For government-sponsored applicants, acceptable proof is an official or certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per semester and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.
All semester exchange students are required to have comprehensive health insurance coverage during their semester of study with us. Our health insurance website [link] provides full details on the coverage options available.
Housing and Orientation
Syracuse Law will provide semester exchange students with guidance in locating off-campus housing during your semester of study with us. Syracuse University does not provide student housing to visiting, graduate, or law students. However, there are a variety of resources available to assist in one’s search for housing. There will be a mandatory orientation for all students before the start of each semester. More details regarding your arrival and enrollment will be provided with your admission packet. Once approved for study as an exchange student, please review the Pre-Arrival Checklist for Visiting Semester Exchange Students [link] and follow the steps provided to ensure a smooth transition to Syracuse Law.