I. To provide a rigorous introduction to the first year law school experience through the use of a three week classroom process designed to develop legal reasoning and writing skills, to assess and improve writing competency, and to teach study skills strategies appropriate for law students.
II. To provide opportunities for students to interact socially with each other, the law school faculty and administration, and upper-class students as a means to ease the transition into law school, to reduce isolation and alienation, to introduce avenues of support, and to provide role models.
It is mandatory for LEO students to complete the comprehensive three-week LEO Program. LEO Opening day will take place on Monday, July 29th, 2013. You must be prepared to begin law school on that day. The schedule will be full of activities including registration for classes; attending your first law class; meeting with faculty; purchasing books; touring the law school buildings and University campus; and socializing with other LEO participants, current law students, faculty and staff.
The LEO Program will begin on July 29, 2013 and conclude on August 16, 2013. The program is comprised of the following components:
Law and the Legal System:Daily classes will be conducted by faculty and staff of the Office of Student Life using a set of cases and materials developed for the LEO Program. The classes will analyze the structure and function of the United States legal system and both the common law method and statutory lawmaking. Using a series of cases from the first year curriculum, students will be exposed to the rigorous study of law. All students will learn to read and brief cases, extrapolate rules of law from their readings and apply those rules to new fact patterns.
Law School Success: Students will be introduced to the Academic Achievement Program at the College of Law through classes that cover topics such as class preparation, note taking, outlining, analyzing and synthesizing, exam preparation and communicating.
Legal Writing Workshop:Daily classes will be taught by a Legal Writing Professor culminating with the students preparing an Office Memorandum.
Small Group Study Sessions:Teaching Assistants will lead sessions daily to debrief the day's material, work on assignments, and answer students' questions in an informal setting. The Teaching Assistants will also present on study skills such as class preparation, note taking, outlines, flowcharts and exam preparation.
The LEO Program will include a written examination and a memorandum of law. The LEO staff will set up individual appointments as part of the evaluation process. The academic year Orientation Program, which is mandatory for all incoming first-year students, will be held on August 19th through August 23rd, 2013. Students should recognize that the LEO summer program will merge into the fall semester academic program.
Books and Supplies
LEO students are responsible to pay for their books and supplies for the LEO summer program. We estimate those costs to be approximately $300. You will purchase your books for the LEO Program on Monday, July 29th. The University Bookstore accepts cash or credit cards. Please plan accordingly.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements off-campus. Please see the admitted student website for an optional list of apartments in the area.
The Admissions Office will make VIP parking arrangements for you in the Irving Parking Garage on Monday, July 29th for the LEO Program Opening Day. If you are seeking parking for the 3 weeks you may purchase a temporary 3 week parking permit at the Office of Parking Services located in the Skytop Office Building. This temporary permit will be issued for the West Lot, which is located right outside of the College of Law.
The Orange Law Insider – volume 4 will provide instructions on how to pre-purchase your parking permit for the year. If you choose not to participate in this pre-registration, you may purchase a parking permit at the Skytop Office Building on campus at any time. You will need to bring your vehicle registration and your Syracuse University ID card with you to purchase this permit.
Tuition and Fees
There are no tuition or fees charged to students for the summer LEO Program. However, costs for books, supplies, food and other personal expenses are the responsibility of individual students. We are unable to offer any financial aid or to certify any student loans to cover these incidental costs of the LEO Program. Therefore, students attending the LEO summer program should arrive on campus with adequate resources to cover these out-of-pocket expenses.
There is no financial aid available for the summer LEO Program. However, there are several types of financial aid available to eligible students during the academic year. You may access your financial aid information by signing onto MySlice. If you haven’t done so already, activate your Net ID and establish a password to gain access to MySlice. Then, to apply for financial aid, complete the requirements listed on your Financial Aid To Do List on MySlice. Read more detailed information regarding the Financial Aid Application Steps.
A brief presentation on financial aid will be given during the first week of the LEO program. Individual appointments with a financial aid counselor can be scheduled during Opening Day. If you have any questions about the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Office
or call 315-443-1963.
Your Health Record must be completed by you and your health care provider. The completed form must be returned to the University's Health Services Office prior to LEO Opening Day. Students who have not complied with this requirement will not be allowed to register. The address for the University’s Health Services Office is:
Syracuse University Health Services Office
111 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244-2320
Telephone: (315) 443-2666
You will be assigned a locker in the College of Law when you arrive for LEO Opening Day. This will be your locker assignment for the LEO Program and the 2013-2014 academic year. Plan to bring a combination lock for your locker.
Contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions about the LEO Program or Opening Day. We look forward to seeing you on July 29, 2013!