College of Law Welcomes J.D. Class of 2020 and LL.M. Class of 2018

Posted on Thursday 8/24/2017

Syracuse University College of Law recently welcomed 227 students to the study of law at Dineen Hall. 203 of those students are pursuing J.D. degrees, and 24 are seeking LL.M degrees. 

The J.D. Class of 2020 includes an increased number of students of color (27%) and a higher median GPA (3.39) than in the previous year.  The class is comprised of 53% men and 47% women, representing 30 states and four foreign countries (Canada, China, France, and the United Kingdom.)  Students received their undergraduate education at 133 U.S. institutions and two foreign institutions.  Seventeen members of the class hold master’s degrees and one holds a Ph.D., and eleven students are military veterans. The College of Law also welcomed two students with foreign law degrees (from the Republic of South Korea and Saudi Arabia), giving them advanced standing and allowing them to complete the J.D. program in two years.

“The College of Law’s J.D. class of 2020 is a diverse, accomplished group with whom I look forward to engaging as they begin their study of law,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “Our students are already experiencing the inclusive, welcoming College of Law community that is a priority for us, even as they begin the legal training that, along with experiential opportunities, networking connections, and other resources we offer, will enable them to successfully pursue their career goals.”

The College of Law’s LL.M. in American Law program welcomed 24 students representing the legal education systems of 14 different countries. Included in this cohort are three Fulbright scholars. The LL.M. students come from Albania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United States. 

“Our LL.M. program continues to grow and be recognized around the world not only for the classroom experience but also for its rich array of programs and initiatives that integrate these international scholars in all facets of the College, the University, and the local legal community,” says Dean Boise. “Our entire College, as well as the wider SU community, benefit from the presence and involvement of our LL.M students—all of whom are foreign lawyers, as they bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to our learning environment.”