Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL), founded in 1895, is a Juris Doctor degree-granting law school of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. It is one of only four law schools in upstate New York (the other three being Albany, Buffalo, and Cornell). Syracuse was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923 and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. As of the 2011-2012 academic year, 658 students were enrolled in the College of Law.
Syracuse is an emerging leader in the field of National Security Law through the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. The College of Law is home to the New York State Science & Technology Law Center. It maintains a chapter of the Order of the Coif law honor society, of which only 80 of the more than 190 ABA accredited law schools are a member.
The College of Law offers joint degree programs with, among others, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. It offers a first year writing program in international law, and a summer study abroad internship program in London.
Students may also qualify for specialized certifications in areas of study such as Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Property Law. Syracuse offers a one-year LL.M. (Master of Laws) advanced degree program for foreign-educated attorneys.
The College of Law is located in Dineen Hall on the West Campus expansion area of Syracuse University. Its library is a congressionally designated depository for Federal materials and houses a collection of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson’s artifacts and documents.
According to Syracuse University College of Law’s 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 54.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.