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LEO Program Information

Legal Education Opportunity Program 2014

Summer 2014 Program Information

  • The 2014 LEO Program will run from Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 15, 2014

    Program Objectives
    Syracuse University College of Law is committed to a diverse student body as an integral part of its educational program and mission. Diversity within the law student body, generated through the selection of individuals having a range of experience and interests, greatly enhances each student's legal education by encouraging a broad exchange of thoughts and ideas. Because use of cut-off Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate grade point averages (UGPA's) below which no candidate will be considered may deny qualified applicants a fair opportunity to gain admission to law school, Syracuse University College of Law reviews individually all applications received for admission.

    The weight of experience at Syracuse, as at most other law schools, is that undergraduate grades and LSAT scores are reliable measures, in some cases, for predicting probable success or failure in law study. Thus, after review by the Admissions Committee, some applicants are admitted primarily on the basis of an index combining grades and test scores.

    But experience has also shown that LSAT scores and undergraduate grades measure some, but not all, of the abilities needed for successful law study. Because the LSAT and UGPA provide only a partial measure of an applicant's ability and should be considered in combination with the complete range of information available for an applicant, the College of Law admits a limited number of students each year through the Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) Program. The LEO Program's dual objectives are to recruit and admit (1) students who may have been deprived of equal education opportunities due to race, poverty, or other factors beyond their control, and (2) persons with unusual accomplishments, backgrounds, and experiences which suggest that traditional admissions criteria may be inadequate predictors of likely success in law study.

    Questions about the LEO Program may be directed to the College of Law Office of Admissions at: 315-443-1962

    Date Event
    July 25, 2014 Tuition payment deadline (Fall 2014 semester)
    July 28, 2014 LEO Program begins
    August 15, 2014 LEO Program ends
    August 18 - 22, 2014 First-year Orientation Program
    August 25, 2014 Classes begin