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Academic Support

The Office of Student Life provides advice and guidance on school and university policies, advocates for student concerns, and offers a range of services to assist you as you go through Law School.

Our staff is available to help you succeed by providing information, fostering personal development and responsibility, and offering supportive services. You have an open invitation to stop by with questions or concerns regarding academic programs, advising, or academic performance.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

Whether students have questions regarding the registration process, course selections, or fulfilling requirements for graduation, they are welcome to meet with the Academic Counselor in the Office of Student Life. Also, for current students, please visit the College of Law Office of Student Life Community on Blackboard.   Currently, information about joint degree programs, course selections, and registration is available through the Blackboard site.

Additional Information/Helpful Links:

To schedule a meeting with the Academic Counselor, please contact the office at (315) 443-1146.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The College of Law is committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities in all aspects of law school life and is committed to providing accommodations to these students. The College of Law believes that the promise of diversity within the law school community requires the inclusion of students with disabilities. The "multiplicity of voices" exchanging intellectual ideas from various backgrounds, perspectives and experiences enables students to develop valuable insights about themselves and others. Over the last decade, the number of students with disabilities attending universities or colleges has increased significantly. As a postsecondary institution, the College of Law is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and facilities.

Services for students with disabilities at Syracuse University are provided through the Office of Disability Services. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process of accessing services from the appropriate sources as early as possible, preferably prior to the beginning of the academic term. Once the student has contacted the Office of Disability Services, the student should then make an appointment with Michelle Wilcox, Associate Director of Student Life at the College of Law, to discuss the procedures for implementing the appropriate accommodations within the College of Law.

For students who wish to visit the College of Law and need accommodations, please contact the Admissions Office.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICIES 

Policy for granting credits from another ABA/AALS-accredited law school (visit)

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 of 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, or (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 Assistant Dean for Student Life. A student falling in this 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 JD 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.”

 

Policy for granting credits from another ABA-accredited law school (transfer)

In order to graduate from the Syracuse University College of Law, a student is required to have 87 credits and 6 units of residency. One unit of residency is acquired each semester upon successful completion of a full time course load of 12+ credits. A transfer student must earn a minimum of 58 credits at Syracuse University College of Law in order to fulfill the 87 credit hour requirement. Additionally, these 58 credits must be fully graded if a student wants to be eligible for honors upon receipt of the J.D. diploma.

The credits earned from the transferring school will be recorded on a pass basis if the grades received are equivalent to a “C” or higher.  Transfer students may receive credit for the following first-year required courses if the grades received are “C” or higher and the course content is materially the same:

Civil Procedure

Contracts

Torts

Legal Communications & Research I & II

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law I

Property

Legislation and Policy

Additional upper division requirements include:

Professional Responsibility

Legal Communications & Research III

Legislation and Policy (L&P)

Additionally, prior to graduation, all students must successfully complete the College of Law writing requirement. 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 443-1963 or the Office of Student Life at 443-1146.