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Visiting Students

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Students applying to visit at Syracuse University College of Law

A limited number of students from other ABA-or AALS-approved law schools may be permitted to complete their third year as visiting students at Syracuse University College of Law. Students applying for visiting status must complete a current admissions application. After all law school credits have been completed by the visiting student, a J.D. will be awarded by the student's home law school.

See Criteria for Admission for application instructions to apply as a visiting student.

Students visiting away from Syracuse Law - Policy for granting credits from another ABA/AALS-accredited law school

A student may be approved to spend a summer, semester or year at another ABA accredited law school as follows:

Semester or Year Visit

A student wishing to visit at an ABA accredited law school or a foreign law school for more than a single summer session must petition in advance for approval.  Because a one or two semester visit may affect the substance of the law degree awarded by Syracuse University College of Law, the quality fo the experience of fellow students, and the institutional program in general, a petition to visit for one or two semesters is rarely granted.  Petitions must be based on one of three grounds:

(1) compelling academic reasons exist for the visit,
(2) the student wishes to spend more than one summer session at a foreign law school,
(3) the student is facing an unanticipated, extremely compelling crisis. 

A student seeking approval for a visit because compelling academic reasons exist for the visit or because the student wishes to spend more than one summer session at a foreign law school shall submit his or her petition to the Academic Standards Committee.  A student seeking approval for a visit because the student is facing an unanticipated, extremely compelling crisis shall submit his or her petition to the Senior Assistand Dean for Student Life.  A student falling in the last category - i.e. seeking approval for a visit because the student is facing an unanticipated, extremely compelling crisis - should be aware that in almost all cases, a personal crisis requiring the student to be away from the College of Law for a period of time is appropriately handled through the Office of Student Life pursuant to Rule G - Leaves of Absences.  If the Academic Standards Committee or the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Life approves a petition, the petition shall be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Law for final approval.  Final approval may be withheld at the Dean's sole discretion.

Summer Visit

Where the student is seeking permission to take courses at another law school during a single summer, it shall be granted, provided, however, that the law school at which the proposed study is to take place is fully accredited by both the ABA and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  Such requests shall be handled by the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Life.

Acceptance of Visit Credits Towards J.D. Requirement

Credit from another law school is recorded by the College of Law on a pass basis provided that the student receives a grade of "C" or higher.  No credit is given if the student receives a grade below "C".