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Criteria for Admission

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In some cases, academic performance at the undergraduate level and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s) are reliable measures for predicting probable success in law study. Thus, after review by the Admissions Committee, some applicants are admitted primarily on the basis of an index combining undergraduate grades and LSAT test score(s). The source and formula for the index are described more fully in the tab marked "Index."

  • The admission decision process at Syracuse is more complex than merely rank-ordering applicants based on a numerical formula.
  • The Admissions Committee analyzes undergraduate transcripts closely for significant progression in grades earned or unusually difficult coursework.
  • The LSAT Writing Sample is reviewed to assess the applicant's skill level, writing ability and preparedness to start learning to "write like a lawyer."
  • The committee also considers subjective factors; for example, undergraduate institution attended, graduate study in another discipline, work experience, leadership ability, and community service.
  • The committee determines an applicant's level of motivation by reviewing personal experiences indicating determination, patience, and perseverance.
  • Past successes in addressing personal challenges, such as poverty or disability, are viewed as important indicators of motivation.

Applicants are encouraged to provide pertinent information in writing for the Admissions Committee to consider. A personal interview is not part of the admissions decision-making process at Syracuse; however, we welcome and encourage prospective students to visit the College of Law.