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Here's what you'll study

This combination of programs was designed in cooperation with Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) to benefit students who are interested in technology-oriented practice. A J.D./M.S. from one of the many graduate programs offered through ECS can significantly enhance the scope of your legal education in such areas as intellectual property, technology, and computers. An M.S. in computer science will bring an added dimension to your legal education, increasing your marketability and broadening your career opportunities.

If your undergraduate background fulfills specific requirements, you may obtain both degrees in three academic years and a summer term. However, you may need to complete additional courses if your undergraduate degree is in a different area. Other requirements vary by program.

Here are just a few of the programs offered: computer engineering, computer science, solid-state science and technology, and systems and information science.

Here's what you need to know

The College of Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. For a joint degree in Computer Science, you will earn 72 law credits plus 30 approved graduate credits. Most joint degree programs may be completed in three years (six semesters) and, potentially, one summer. However, both programs must be completed within four years.

Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to Syracuse University College of Law does not guarantee admission to other graduate programs. Students are required to complete their first year of study at the College of Law and candidates for the joint degree program must obtain advance approval from Syracuse University College of Law. The specific number of credits required for non-law graduate programs may vary depending on each student's previous academic background in the subject area.

In addition, joint degree students are charged College of Law tuition rates only, essentially offering the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees for the price of one.

For more information contact:

Law Admissions

College of Law
Admissions & Financial Aid
Suite 340 College of Law
Phone: 315.443.1962
Fax: 315.443.9568
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: admissions@law.syr.edu
          financialaid@law.syr.edu 

JD/MS Computer Science

Professor Theodore Hagelin
College of Law
Suite 407 College of Law
Phone: 314.443.2534
Web: JD/MS Computer Science
Email: thagelin@law.syr.edu

Professor Can Isik
L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
Phone: 315.443.1125
Web: lcs.syr.edu
Email: cisik@syr.edu

Specific questions & inquiries
about joint law programs: 

Keri Foster
Associate Director
Office of Student Life
Suite 444 College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.1146
Fax: 315.443.9719
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: studentlife@law.syr.edu
          kdfoster@law.syr.edu 

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that's integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you'll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there's plenty of excitement to find here as well.

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Turnipseed

Here's someone you might learn from

Professor Terry L. Turnipseed

"Nuclear energy is making a resurgence, and engineering programs around the country are scrambling to try and get back in the game.

With a J.D./M.S. with an emphasis in the nuclear track, one could practice nuclear energy law in Washington, D.C., where there are several firms that work in the area. And as with any engineering degree, one could also practice patent law. Either career path would be enhanced by the addition of an M.S. in Engineering with an emphasis in the nuclear energy track."

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Here's what our students have to say

"I chose Syracuse because of its expansive alumni network and impressive national reputation. Syracuse has a wealth of programs and societies incorporating law and technology, something I am passionate about given my business and engineering background. Moreover, I came from a very connected undergraduate university and this was important to me in law school as well. Syracuse shined for me because of the great collegiate community of which the law school is a part. Already I have networked with alumni and have made connections that I foresee lasting well beyond my years at SUCOL and into my professional career."

Katherine Reardon, 3L
Little Falls, NY