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Syracuse University College of Law

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Syracuse University College of Law
EstablishedSeptember 1895; 125 years ago (1895-09)
School typePrivate
Parent endowment$1.39 billion (2020)[1]
DeanCraig M. Boise[2][3]
LocationSyracuse, New York, US
Enrollment634 JD, 18 LLM[4][5]
USNWR ranking102nd (2022)[6]
Bar pass rate91.6%[7]
ABA profileSyracuse University College of Law Profile
Logo for Syracuse University College of Law (Syr law full rgb).jpg

Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) 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. 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 2020-2021 academic year, 652 students were enrolled in the College of Law.[8]

The College of Law offers 11 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.[9][10][11] It offers a first year writing program in international law, and a summer study abroad internship program in London.[12] 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.[13]

Syracuse is a leader in the emerging 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 86 of the more than 204 ABA-accredited law schools are a member.[14][15] In February 2018, the College of Law announced its formation of the first "real-time, ABA-approved online juris doctor program in the United States." The online J.D. program, titled JDinteractive was launched in 2020.[16]


The school began operating in September 1895.[17][18] William Henry Hornblower, a Presbyterian minister, gave the opening address at the initiatory session of the new Syracuse Law school.[19] It was admitted to the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity in 1898.[20] Classes were held in various downtown area facilities until a move to the E.I. White Hall on the SU campus in 1954.[18]

In 1903, William Herbert Johnson became the first African American graduate of the law school,[18] but was barred from the profession because of his race.[21] He was posthumously admitted to the New York State Bar in October 2019.[22][23]

Buildings and facilities

Dineen Hall

Dineen Hall in Winter 2015
Dineen Hall in Winter 2015

The College of Law is located in Dineen Hall on the West Campus expansion area of Syracuse University. On November 5, 2010, the University and the College of Law announced and dedicated the construction of a new law school complex, named Dineen Hall.[24] SU Architecture alumnus Richard Gluckman, of the Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York City, was the lead architect. The complex, located at 950 Irving Avenue, is approximately 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) and is named for the Dineen family, who provided the $15 million naming gift in a fundraising campaign for the $90 million building.[25][26][27]


Its library is a congressionally designated depository for Federal materials[28] and houses a collection of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson's artifacts and documents.[29][30]


Advocacy skills training

The College of Law was honored with the Emil Gumpert Award for the best law school advocacy program in the United States by the American College of Trial Lawyers.[31] The New York State Bar Association cited Syracuse as the best trial skills law school in New York State 10 times in recent years by awarding the College its coveted Tiffany Cup.[citation needed]

Syracuse has received the highest award that the American College of Trial Lawyers gives to law schools based on the school's trial advocacy record and the strength of the school's trial training programs. In 2022 U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Law's trial advocacy program 11th in the United States.[6]

Moot court and trial team

The College of Law has won numerous national moot court competitions. In the past 16 years, its teams have won 3 national trial championships, 15 Northeast regional first-place awards, and 5 best-advocate-in-the-nation awards. Five times in the past 9 years the College of Law has been invited to the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, featuring the nation's 12 best teams. Syracuse has won other national awards in appellate, minority rights, and international tax competitions.[citation needed]

For more than 30 years, Syracuse's National Trial Team achieved the best record in Region II competition, winning 15 Regional Championships, two National Championships, one National Championship Runner-Up Award, three National Best Advocate Awards, and numerous Regional Advocacy Awards. From 1989-2001, the College of Law was invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions fall competition. The competition is only open to the 16 law schools with the best trial team records over the preceding three years. From 1983-2001, Syracuse's ATLA Trial Team won one National Championship, plus numerous regional awards.[citation needed]

Research centers

  • Burton Blatt Institute
  • Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP)
  • Innovation Law Center (ILP)
  • Institute for Security Policy and Law (ISPL)
  • Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM)
  • Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism (PCSE)
  • Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI)


The College of Law is tied for 102nd in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Law Schools rankings.[6]

The College of Law is ranked 64th out of 180 ABA-accredited law schools in the 2010 U.S. Law School Rankings by Super Lawyers,[32] a Thomson Reuters company.


Onondaga County courthouse at Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse
Onondaga County courthouse at Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse

According to Syracuse University College of Law's 2019 ABA-required disclosures, 127 of the 183 members of the Class of 2019 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[33] Syracuse University College of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 15.9%.[34]


The estimated annual cost (including tuition, fees and living expenses) of attendance at Syracuse University College of Law is $78,290 for the 2021-22 academic year.[35] Tuition for 2019-20 academic year was $53,638.[34]


Notable alumni

The College of Law has over 11,000 law alumni in all 50 states and 39 foreign countries.[10]

Federal government

46th and current President of the United States Joe Biden L'68
46th and current President of the United States Joe Biden L'68

State and local government

Private sector


  • John Barsha (born Abraham Barshofsky; 1898–1976), professional football player

Notable professors

See also


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  2. ^ Burke, Michael (14 April 2016). "Craig Boise named dean of Syracuse University's College of Law". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
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  23. ^ Sanders, Jennifer D. (17 October 2019). "Hidden History: William Herbert Johnson, the first African American graduate of Syracuse University's College of Law, will be posthumously admitted to NYS Bar". WSYR-TV. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
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  26. ^ Rodoski, Kelly (1 September 2010). "An enduring tribute: The Dineen family honors their parents with a landmark gift to the College of Law for construction of a new building". Syracuse University Magazine. 27 (3): 42–43. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
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