In the spirit of our Syracuse University motto, “Suos Cultores Scientia Coronat,” which in Latin means “Knowledge Crowns Those Who Seek Her;” the College of Law welcomes all students, from every country, race, religion, creed, and status, who seek to explore and engage in the free exchange of thought and ideas. We will support you in your endeavor to know the Law, to study its development, and to expand your understanding of it. It remains our commitment to welcome all without reservation, without hesitation. Go Orange.
Know Your Dates: Visit the Calendars & Schedules page to view the Academic Calendar and learn important dates during your LL.M. year.
STEP 2: Address Your Conditional Admission Status (if applicable)
Proof of Financial Support (foreign applicants only): If you have not already done so, please send original versions of your Proof of Financial Support/Financial Guarantee documentation to the College of Law. International students, including Canadian students, must submit proof of sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance for at least one academic year's expenses ($72,000). You may reduce this amount by any scholarship you may have received from Syracuse University College of Law. For candidates seeking to bring dependents (spouse or children), please be prepared to show proof of an additional $9,500 per dependent. This proof is required before an appropriate visa can be issued to the student. Acceptable 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 first-year 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 year and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.
English-Language Training (for conditionally-admitted students only): If you have not already done so, please contact Jackie Monsour (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the English Language Institute (ELI) to begin the process of enrolling in English language courses at ELI.
STEP 3: Prepare for Your Arrival to Syracuse
SU E-mail: You may set up your SU E-mail after you have paid your advance deposit, submitted your Proof of Financial Support documentation, and activated your NetID. Activate your SU e-mail at SUmail. Check your University-issued @syr.edu e-mail regularly.
LL.M. Orientation: LL.M. program orientation is mandatory. Make travel arrangements to arrive in Syracuse, New York, before orientation. Information about LL.M. Orientation will be provided in the months and weeks leading up to the start of your enrollment term. Visit the Slutzker Center for International Services' webpage on "Living in Syracuse" to learn more about finances & banking, telephone services, driving & transportation, and more!
Course Registration: You will register for courses during LL.M. Orientation. Please review available course schedules on the College of Law website.
Housing Information: The College of Law provides a variety of resources that can assist students in securing housing in Syracuse; however, the College of Law does not arrange housing for students. Please refer to the Housing and Transportation guide in your LL.M. Admission Packet. Popular websites for housing can be found here.
Academic Rules for LL.M. Students: A downloadable version of the College of Law's Academic Handbook can be found here.
Transportation & Parking: Students living near campus in the Euclid Avenue and Westcott Street neighborhoods usually walk or bike to the College of Law. There is a convenient regional bus system, CENTRO, or students may use a local Zipcar. Students who plan to use a personal vehicle on campus must purchase a parking permit from Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services. LL.M. students should purchase a permit for Stadium Lot, Fine Lot, or Standart Lot. Please note that space is limited.
SU Health Form: Submit the SU Health Form upon arrival to Syracuse University.
Student Health Insurance Requirement: Syracuse University requires all full-time students (domestic and international) to carry some form of ACA-compliant health insurance. This mandatory fee may be waived if a student has adequate private health insurance coverage. If you have questions about the Syracuse University Health Insurance Policy and Plan, please visit the Student Health Insurance website.
Tuition Payment Information: Depending on the time of year you are matriculated into the LL.M. program, tuition will be due either before the start of the semester or within the first few weeks of the semester. Your total tuition and mandatory fees will be charged to you twice during the year, with 50% of your tuition and fees charged in anticipation of the first semester and the remaining 50% charged in anticipation of the second semester. Tuition notices will be e-mailed to your University-issued @syr.edu email account. You may view "Student Account" information by using your NetID and password to log into MySlice and clicking the "View Student Account" link under the "Finances" heading in the "Student Services" box. Additional details and instructions for paying tuition can be found on the University Comptroller's website. Syracuse University has a Monthly Payment Plan that may be available to you. You may contact the Bursar's Office at email@example.com with specific questions concerning your student account (remember to include your 9-digit SUID number). Please know that a failure to pay tuition may place a financial hold on your account that could prevent you from registering for courses.
Disability Accommodations: Contact the College of Law at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss relevant disability accommodations.
Laptop: All students must have a laptop for use while enrolled as a student at the College of Law.
Send Us a Digital Photo: Prior to your arrival for LL.M. Orientation, the College of Law requires a digital photo of you for use in your permanent file and for a College of Law photo directory. The directory will be distributed to College of Law faculty and the entire incoming class. By submitting the digital photo, you agree to have it included in the photo directory and distributed to faculty. Please send your photo in digital format to email@example.com. Photos must be in .jpeg format and no more than 2 MB.
Suggested Pre-Semester Reading:
Various Authors (LexisNexis). Understanding Law School (2004)
Binder, David, Paul Bergman & Susan Price. Lawyers as Counselors (1990)
Cappalli, Richard B. The American Common Law Method (1997)
Fischl, Richard & Jeremy Paul. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (1999)
Levit, Nancy & Douglas O. Linder. The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law (2010)
Farnsworth, Edward. An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States (1983)
Hegland, Kenney. Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law (1983)
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Levi, Edward H. An Introduction to Legal Reasoning (1949)
Lewis, Anthony. Gideon’s Trumpet (1966)
STEP 4: Upon Arrival to Syracuse
Original Transcripts: All students are required to provide the Office of Admission with original transcripts (in English) upon arrival to Syracuse University College of Law. Failure to provide an original transcript may result in the inability to register for courses or removal from the program.
Travel & Hotel Information: Daily flights are available from New York City’s airports (JFK or LGA), Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, and other cities to Syracuse’s airport (SYR). Check Orbitz.com, Expedia.com, or Jetblue.comfor times and fares.Train travel from New York City leaves from New York’s Penn Station (NYP) to Syracuse’s Regional Transportation Center (SYR). Check train schedules and book tickets on Amtrak.com. Buses leave from New York City’s Port Authority Terminal or Boston’s South Station Bus Terminal and arrive to Syracuse’s Regional Transportation Center. Check bus schedules and book tickets on Greyhound.comor Megabus.com. Local hotels near Syracuse University include the Syracuse University Sheraton, Hotel Skyler, Genessee Grande, Parkview Hotel, Crowne Plaza Syracuse, and the Marriott Residence Inn (Downtown).
International Student Check-In: All incoming international students holding a F1 or J1 visa (including conditionally admitted students from ELI) must visit the Slutzker Center for International Services to complete the check-in process upon arrival Syracuse. Bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 student visa document, and SUID card (if you have one) with you. The Slutzker Center is located at 310 Walnut Place, Syracuse, New York. Please know that a failure to complete the check-in process may place a hold on your account that could prevent you from registering for courses.
SUID Card: All Syracuse University students will be issued a SUID Card. Keep your SUID card on you at all times. This card will allow you access to Dineen Hall and other University facilities. Visit the Office of ID Card Services in Room 206 of Steele Hall to have your SUID card issued to you. Bring your passport with you.
Dineen Hall & Maps of the University: Your new Syracuse "home," Dineen Hall is located at 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York, 13244. Download this map of the University's main campus. Other maps of the University and surrounding areas can be found online.
Course Syllabi & Textbooks: After you select courses and complete the registration process, you should be able to access the syllabus for each course by logging in to Blackboard using your NetID and password. Once you are logged in, go into the “Office of Student Life” community and select the link to "Course Syllabi." Review each course syllabus before you start classes. The course syllabus will also identify the textbook(s) that you will need to purchase for the course. You may purchase textbooks online or at Dineen Hall during orientation.
Lockers: Each student will be assigned a locker in Dineen Hall for personal use. You will learn of your locker assignment during LL.M. Orientation. You will need to purchase a combination/key lock to secure your locker.
Final Details: During orientation and prior to the start of the academic semester, LL.M. students should work to address any remaining items pertaining to housing, parking, health insurance, etc. (see the complete list above). Feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.