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Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the admissions application form, Parts A and B (and Part C if you are a Non-Resident Alien), and the $75 application fee. This application fee is neither refundable nor will it be credited toward tuition and fees. Applications can be submitted electronically through the LSAC or via our website at www.law.syr.edu, or printed from the website and mailed to: Syracuse University College of Law, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 340, Syracuse, NY 13244-1030.
  2. Take and obtain a score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at http://www.lsac.org.    
  3. The College of Law recommends that you take the LSAT no later than February of the year prior to the year you wish to enroll. Scores from the June test will be considered, but may delay the admission decision. LSAT scores cannot be more than five years old (test date in 2009 or later).
  4. Submit transcripts of all previous college or university study through the CAS. Graduate and prior law study transcripts also must be submitted to CAS. Failure to submit all transcripts will delay review of your application.
  5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit up to three letters of recommendation. Statements from persons familiar with your qualifications for the study of law, especially professors under whom you have studied, often prove helpful. If you are currently in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently completed one, the Admissions Committee will expect to see letters of recommendation from professors under whom you have studied. We recommend that applicants submit their letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS Report, or as received by Law Services. However, letters of recommendation sent directly from the writer or from a career services office will also be accepted. Evaluations through the LSAC Evaluation service will be accepted.  Evaluations may be submitted in addition to letters of recommendation, but should not replace them.
  6. All applicants are strongly encouraged to check with the State Bar Examiner's Office of the states in which they intend to practice law, regarding character and fitness for admission to the bar. 
  7. Transfer and visiting student applicants must submit additional documentation. Please refer to the Enrollment Options section of this website for details.
  8. Applicants who are not United States citizens must submit all materials required of domestic applicants as well as educational records, TOEFL  scores, and proof of financial support.  See Criteria for Admission section of website for details.
  9. Students interested in a joint degree program must apply separately to the College of Law and to the appropriate Syracuse University graduate program. Application information and supporting documentation submitted to the College of Law will not be shared with or photocopied for other Syracuse University departments. In addition, joint degree candidates should be aware that consistent with Law School Admission Council policy, LSAT scores may be used for purposes of admission to law school only. The College of Law and CAS will not report LSAT scores to other graduate departments. Potential joint degree applicants may have to take additional standardized tests, such as the GRE or GMAT. Candidates should request the Syracuse University graduate catalog and application from Syracuse University, Office of Graduate Admissions, 303 Bowne Hall, Syracuse NY 13244-1200; telephone 315-443-4492.
  10. The deadline for receipt of ALL application materials is April 1 to be considered for admission in the fall semester of the same year. An application is complete and ready for review after the College of Law receives the CAS report from Law Services. If your recommendation letters will arrive after receipt of the CAS report, be advised that your file may be reviewed before receipt of these letter(s). It is recommended that materials be submitted through the CAS no later than February 15 to enable CAS to compile and submit them to the College of Law before the April 1 deadline.
  11. To apply for financial aid complete the financial aid application steps as instructed by the Financial Aid Office.
  12. It is your responsibility to make certain that all necessary materials and credentials are received by Law Services and the College of Law in a timely manner. You should retain for your records copies of all correspondences forwarded to Law Services and the College of Law, including your admission application forms, financial aid application forms, and all attachments and enclosures.
  13. For additional information contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by telephone at 315-443-1962 or by e-mail at admissions@law.syr.edu.