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“DO NOT GO HERE”
July 2019CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The actual building is modern and nice but that is all.

Downers

YOU WILL NOT FIND A JOB! You need to be in the top 5% to even be considered for a decent job. With a strict curve, this is almost impossible. OCI's are geared to only upstate NY and even small low paying local firms will not look at anyone below the top 20%. For the rest of the 160 kids the prospects are not good and you will likely be working for free your 1L and 2L summers just happy you managed to get a job. Also this school is EXPENSIVE.

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Retake the LSAT. Do not go here. If you want to be in upstate for school go to Cornell. If you cannot get into Cornell any 2nd tier law schools in NYC (Brooklyn, St. Johns, Cardozo) and Fordham are all much better than Syracuse. I would say even Buffalo.

Would You Recommend

No

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

I think the workload is highly demanding, but rewarding. So many opportunities for involvement!

Quality of Life

Overall high quality of life!

Admissions

Just the standard application process from every law school! Howver, the visit program made it different. :)

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Essays for scholarships

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

medium to large classes, depending mostly on whether or not they are core classes; heavy reliance on some version of the socratic method combined with mandatory class participation; curved grading; reputable professors with impressive backgrounds;

Quality of Life

cheap, comfortable. not much to do in the city. activities usually slant toward the 'outdoors' type.

Admissions

typical of all law school applications.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is a good mixture of theory, policy, and practical application. Also, the ratio of students to professor is conducive to good class discussion.

Quality of Life

Quality of life on the campus is wonderful.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The teachers are exceptional, but the class sizes are large (between 50 - 90 depending on the subject during your first year). Syracuse has a study abroad program in London every summer. There are also opportunities to pursue Certificate Programs that allow specializations in different areas, and also allow students to create their own certificate if one suiting their interests does not exist.

Quality of Life

The School itself is beautiful and the facilities are great. All of the classrooms have up-to-date technology and great stadium seating for larger classes. The moot courtroom is very nice and the computer area in the library just recently got new computers. Each student is also designated their own library research assistant (one of the librarians) for when he or she needs assistance on a research project.

As for the city of Syracuse, it is so disappointing. The city is very dangerous and students (both law and undergrad) are often robbed on or near campus. The area is extremely depressed and in order to go grocery shopping or run errands, you need to drive at least 10 minutes out of the city. There is a downtown area called Armory Square that most of the law students hang out in during the weekends - which is mostly little pubs and shops, and safe. Overall happiness is definitely impacted by the horrible weather for about 8 months out of the year. Syracuse is always cloudy and the snow is insane, and the department of public works does NOT plow or clear the streets for rush hour.

Admissions

The admissions process here was comprable to other law schools.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Most 1L classes were taught using the Socratic Method. The class sizes for 1L classes were about 60 with the exception of writing classes, which were about 20. Syracuse is known for its heavy work load. Syracuse offers Law in London as a study abroad program which is usually done between your first and second year.

Quality of Life

Syracuse has a good quality of life for a lower than average cost of living. The school is in the process of builing a brand new college of law.

Admissions

The application is completed through LSAC and requires and admissions essay. The essay is usually a broad topic that really allows the prospective student to spin it to make any points he or she really wants to.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Class size is very comfortable and not overbearing. Largest class in the first year was around 90, but the discussion format of the class made it feel like 30.

Admissions

One essay asked how we felt about the importance of alumni's keeping in contact with their alumnus.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

It snows and once you get over that fact life is pretty mundane. The school itself only has so many options as fair as places to go and things to do, and that extends the to the surrounding area also.

Admissions

Pretty straightforward. Nothing out of the ordinary as far as requirements and procedures.

Level

2L

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Essays, Letters of Recommendation, LSAT, LSAC, all the usual stuff

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

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