Residential J.D. Program

Be a champion for justice or make your mark with an innovative, interdisciplinary legal education and unique opportunities to specialize your law degree in our distinguished institutes and centers.

Get Started Today. Now enrolling for Fall 2023.

Purposeful Legal Education

Syracuse University College of Law provides aspiring lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the law as well as real-world skills and training to grow your career—and make an impact—in a broad spectrum of fields.

Innovative, Profession-Ready Curriculum

We offer unique experiential learning opportunities, through tailored curricular programs, externships, clinics and award-winning advocacy programs.

Powerful Alumni Network

Join a highly-accomplished network of more than 11,200 influential alumni located in all 50 United States and 66 countries.

Learn more about innovations in legal education at Syracuse University College of Law.

Why Choose the Syracuse University J.D. Program?

  • Learn from renowned faculty who share a passion for teaching and mentoring our students
  • Study in state-of-the-art Dineen Hall, recognized as one of the most impressive law school buildings in the country
  • 11 joint degree options to earn master’s degrees from our top-ranked graduate schools, many within 3 years
  • Participatory approach with an emphasis on practical training and experiential learning, within and beyond the classroom
  • Pioneering Third Year Away program allowing students to do their last year of study remotely through externships and online courses
  • A dynamic student experience, including 30+ student organizations, student-edited journals, and integrated with our international LL.M. students
  • A highly engaged alumni network, more than 11,000 strong, practicing in all 50 states and in 66 countries
  • NEW! All J.D. students receive the innovative Helix Bar Prep program free of charge.

Extraordinary Lawyers.
Extraordinary Lives.

“I’m empowered to use my voice in defense of the voiceless.”


Mazaher Kaila ’19, L’22
J.D. and Political Science Joint Degree student
speaking up for change and equity


Helix Bar Review by AccessLex

The College of Law now offers AccessLex Institute’s Helix Bar Review program free of charge to all of our students. Helix Bar Review is an innovative bar review program that combines elements of traditional reviews with state-of-the-art active learning components. By paying for your bar preparation and partnering with AccessLex, our goal is to give you a distinct edge on the bar exam and to help set you on the path to career success—at the same time freeing you from the burdensome cost of traditional bar prep programs.

Customize Your Law Degree

Begin your path to an extraordinary career with unparalleled opportunities to customize your legal education.

Advocacy Program

Train to become an effective advocate in a variety of practice settings with the College of Law’s Advocacy Program, which is among the highest-ranked and most prestigious in the country. With our broad, litigation-focused curriculum—with courses ranging from trial practice to appellate practice to alternative dispute resolution—and extensive opportunities to develop and hone your advocacy skills through mock appellate, alternative dispute resolution, and trial experiences. In your second and third years of law school, you can try out to represent Syracuse University in advocacy competitions held around the country and carry on the College of Law’s strong track record of stellar results competing against other law schools.

Disability Law and Policy

Prepare to make an impact in disability law with the Syracuse University College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP), the most extensive disability-related law program in the country. This international award-winning program houses the nation’s first joint-degree program in Law and Disability Studies and a curricular concentration for J.D. students who wish to focus on disability law and policy.

DLPP students work in the College of Law’s Disability Rights Clinic, take disability-related courses, and work as interns and externs in disability-related placements in New York City, Washington, DC, and other cities throughout the US and the world. You also have opportunities to work with the interdisciplinary Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University College of Law, which reaches across the globe to help advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities.

Graduates often go on to jobs in the areas of disability, education, special education, children’s rights, civil rights, labor, employment, trusts and estates, and international human rights law.

Innovation Law Center

Interested in the commercialization of cutting-edge technology? Build in-demand skills and experience in the technical, legal, and business aspects involved in bringing new technologies to market with specialization in Syracuse University College of Law’s Innovation Law Center.

Through a combination of a course concentration and experiential learning opportunities with real clients (with real breakthrough technology), the Innovation Law Center will help you understand the business goals of technology commercialization transactions; facilitate innovation; and discover how intellectual property, corporate, and contract law can be used in creative ways to advance a client’s objective.

The center has an extremely high job-placement rate and alumni often go on to successful careers in settings such as law firms, corporations, government agencies, tech transfer offices, and consulting and investing firms.

Institute for Security Policy and Law

Prepare to join the next generation of practitioners and policymakers in national security, homeland security, intelligence, military law, and related fields as you earn your law degree with the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law.

Combining the expertise of the College of Law with other schools within Syracuse University, including the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Institute offers unique opportunities to specialize your J.D. with interdisciplinary certificates of advanced study in national security and counterterrorism law, security studies, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Institute alumni have secured positions in the U.S. government agencies such as the CIA, NSA, FBI, and ODNI; international organizations such as the International Criminal Court and the World Bank; U.S. military JAG Corps; think tanks and consulting firms including Booz Allen and Deloitte; and nonprofit organizations.

Experiential Learning

We understand the power of practical experience. Our focus is a curriculum with hands-on experiential learning, skills-building, and professional development through innovative coursework as well as opportunities in clinics, externship programs, and trial advocacy.

Throughout your J.D. program you’ll have plenty of opportunities to build your resume and prepare for the job market through customized experiential learning, both in and out of the classroom, including:

  • Our experiential skills-building program consisting of 40+ courses that satisfy both the ABA graduation requirement and the New York State bar admission requirement for experiential learning.
  • 6 in-house clinics where you’ll gain experience applying doctrinal law while representing clients under the supervision of faculty-mentors.
  • Externship opportunities where you’ll earn credit and develop professional relationships while working in premier placements including Syracuse, Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and London.
  • The Pro-Bono Program, which connects students with volunteer placements and pro bono clinics, where they support attorneys in providing free legal services to people in need.

Specialization Opportunities

Build expertise in the law by having the option to choose one or more specialized course tracks:

  • Advanced Property Studies
  • Advocacy & Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Disability Law and Policy
  • Entertainment and Sports Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law and Social Policy
  • Global Law and Practice
  • Law, Politics, and the Media
  • Technology Commercialization Law Studies

Certificates of Advanced Study

You’ll also have the opportunity to build skills and expertise in a particular field with three certificates of advanced study:

  • Certificate of Advanced Study in National Security & Counterterrorism Law
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Postconflict Reconstruction

Program Details

Important Dates for Fall 2023 Applicants

  • Application Opens – September 1, 2022
  • Early Decision Deadline – January 15, 2023
  • Priority Deadline – March 15, 2023
  • Application Deadline – June 30, 2023


The residential J.D. offers a rigorous academic curriculum focused on preparing you to become a better lawyer and a better leader. Our innovative approach combines expert instruction from distinguished faculty with plenty of opportunities for experiential learning.

Graduates of the J.D. program will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop knowledge of a broad cross-section of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and common law
  • Competently comprehend, interpret, and analyze constitutions, statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions
  • Speak and write effectively about the law in a manner appropriate to the audience
  • Research law and investigate facts proficiently
  • Approach legal problems practically
  • Appreciate the important roles lawyers play in society, and recognize the impact of law on people and institutions


The residential J.D. program has rigorous admissions requirements. In addition to considering the LSAT or GRE score and academic records, the Admissions Committee reviews each personal statement, resume, recommendation, and indications of motivation and potential.

Important Dates

  • Application Opens – September 1, 2021
  • Early Decision Deadline – January 15, 2022
  • Priority Deadline – March 15, 2022
  • Application Deadline – June 30, 2022

Paying for Law School


$57,290 for the 2022-2023 academic year


The College of Law awards merit-based scholarships to select incoming first-year J.D. students during the admission application process. All prospective law students are considered for merit-based scholarships. Merit scholarship renewal is available throughout a J.D. student’s required enrollment. The College of Law also awards need-based grants to enrolling students.

Financial Aid

Law students may be eligible for federal student loans. To apply for federal aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov and include Syracuse University’s Federal School Code (002882).

Federal Loan/Aid Resources Available to Law Students:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Work Study

The William D. Ford Direct Loan program allows eligible students to borrow fixed interest rate student loans and defer both interest and principal payments while in school. A variety of repayment options are available once students leave school, allowing everyone to develop a successful repayment strategy.

The College of Law operates its own Financial Aid Office, which is separate from the University’s Financial Aid Office. This allows us to provide personal, individualized service to our students.

The Financial Aid Office will be in contact throughout the application process to the College of Law.  Communications will be sent to students providing instructions to take if the student is applying for financial aid.

Student Support

Our Office of Student Affairs offers a variety of student support resources – from technical assistance to academic counseling, tutors, study groups, and bar exam preparation – over the phone, email, and video conference. Our students also have access to Career Support Services, where they can get personalized professional development help.

Now Enrolling for Fall 2023

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