Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: Syracuse University College of Law

Photo courtesy of Syracuse University
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Syracuse University’s international students hail from more than 115 countries and comprise about 10 percent of the total student body. Likewise, Syracuse’s College of Law hosts students from around the world. With resources such as the Slutzker Center for International Services and the Office of Career Services, international students have access to significant resources to help make their experience at the College of Law as fulfilling as possible.

The College of Law offers degrees beyond the standard Juris Doctor (JD) option, including a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law as well as joint JD degrees with master’s in fields such as business administration, communications, engineering and computer science, public administration. Additionally, the law school partners with various centers and institutes in order for its students to get involved in hands-on activities that are applicable to the real world, including the Burton Blatt Institute and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. The law school oversees different in-house clinics supervised by law faculty along with externship programs in central New York and Washington, D.C.

The Slutzker Center for International Services: The center offers a range of resources to help international students acclimate to the campus and U.S. culture. Specifically, the center’s Connections Program partners new international students with current students at the school to help them adapt smoothly to life at Syracuse. International students can also participate in activities such as the center’s English conversation groups, which are hour-long weekly meetings where a few international students work with an English-speaking group leader to improve and practice their English language skills.

College of Law application requirements:

  • Proof of financial support: Must submit proof of funding to cover costs of at least one academic year
  • Educational records: Foreign transcripts must be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements: Law students who do not speak English as their native language must submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Recommended scores fall in the range of 100 for TOEFL and a range of 7.0 for the IELTS.
Valuable resources:

• Location: Syracuse, N.Y., in central New York
• Founded: 1895 (Law School); 1870 (University)
• Type: Private, coeducational institution
• Size: 562 students (law school); 21,492 students (university)
Degrees and programs offered (law school)
 Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree
 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law
 Joint Degrees offered as J.D./Master of: Business Administration or Accounting and Finance; Science in Communications; Science in Cultural Foundations of Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Arts in International Relations; Public Administration; Library Science; Forensic Science; History; Philosophy (and Doctor of Philosophy); and Social Work
Class of 2017 by the Numbers
Law school
• Enrolled: 170
• GPA: 3.55 (75th percentile); 3.37 (50th percentile); 3.19 (25th percentile)
• LSAT: 157 (75th percentile); 155 (50th percentile); 153 (25th percentile)
• Average age at entry: 24 (range of 20-50)
• Undergraduate institutions represented: 114
• States represented: 28 (52 percent from New York state)
• July 2014 bar passage rate: 87.3 percent for College of Law first-time test takers; 77.2 percent for New York State ABA-accredited law schools
• Enrolled: 3,470
• Mean high school GPA: 3.6
Tuition (law school)
TOTAL: $65,500
• J.D. Tuition: $45,100
• J.D. Fees: $2,078
• J.D. Books/Supplies: $1,622
• Housing and Meals: $12,375
• Personal/Transportation: $3,250
• Average Federal Loan Fees: $1,075
Careers (law school)
Class of 2013:
• Number of graduates: 204
• Percent of class employed in all sectors (or pursuing advanced degree): 89 percent
• Average salary reported for 100+ attorney firms: $121,300
• Average salary reported for all private practice: $77,400
• Average salary reported for government employers: $54,100
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Syracuse University College of Law

Nikki Laubenstein, College of Law director of admissions

Andrew Horsfall, associate director of admissions and assistant director of the LL.M. program for foreign law graduates

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