You're ready to apply. What do you need to do:

  1. Take the LSAT. (The latest LSAT you can take for fall admission is February.)
  2. Complete Suffolk Law's application online at LSAC.org. You must create an LSAC account to apply to Suffolk Law School. You will need to upload your resume and personal statement as part of the online application.
  3. Submit college and graduate school transcripts and at least one letter of recommendation through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You must register for this service separately. This service authenticates all transcripts and recommendations. This is also how we receive your LSAT score(s).
  4. Pay the application fee (or get a free fee waiver).

The Admission Committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications for admission and considers applications in their entirety. Among the factors considered will be the applicant’s LSAT scores, undergraduate course of study and grade point average, extracurricular activities, work, volunteer and life experience, military experience, performance in other graduate or professional programs, relevant demonstrated skills, and obstacles overcome.

Once you have completed these steps, your application will be complete and will be sent to us for review and decision. For more info on each of the required parts, see tabs below: 

  • Character and Fitness Questions

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners

    If you answer yes to any of the character and fitness questions, you must provide additional explanation in an addendum to the personal statement. The addendum should provide a clear and concise explanation of the circumstances and charges or actions against the applicant, including court dates and outcomes. Vague or general explanations may delay review by the Admission Committee.

  • Resume

    Applicants are required to submit an updated resume with their application. Any gaps in employment or education should be noted and explained in a separate addendum submitted with the personal statement.

  • Personal Statement

    The applicant personal statement should address your motivation and preparation for the study of law; illustrate your proficiency in written, professional communications; and highlight any circumstances that you believe are relevant to the evaluation of your credentials. There is no specific length requirement, although most are 2-3 pages.

    Explanations regarding affirmative answers to the character and fitness questions on the application, or gaps in employment or educational history, including the circumstances behind attendence at multiple institutions, should be submitted as addenda to the personal statement with clear headings separating them from the main body of the personal statement.

  • Letter of Recommendation

    Applicants must submit one but no more than three letters of recommendation through LSAC.

    A recommendation should come from a college professor if you have graduated from college within the past three years. If you have been out of school longer than three years, your recommendation may come from a professional source.

  • Official Academic Transcripts

    You must submit transcripts for all collegiate, graduate and professional study through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.  You must register and pay for this service separately through LSAC. 

    Applicants who are still attending an undergraduate institution should submit all transcripts up to the most recent semester completed. Before starting classes, all new students must provide a final transcript evidencing a bachelor's degree conferred. This is an ABA requirement.

     

  • Application Fee

    The $60 application fee is non-refundable and is submitted through LSAC. 

Additional Application Information

Foreign Attorneys/Graduates of Foreign Law Programs

Foreign Attorneys and Graduates of foreign law programs who are intending to sit for the Massachusetts State Bar Examination may be admitted as Special Students to take courses required for the bar.

Application Form (pdf).  Application for Special Student Status is due by December 1 for spring enrollment and July 1 for fall enrollment. 

For a ruling on the precise requirements necessary for bar examination eligibility in his/her case, every foreign-educated attorney who intends to practice in Massachusetts should apply to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

Visa Requirements

If you require form I-20 for an F-1 visa, or you qualify for a form DS-2019 under the J-1 program, please contact Suffolk's Office of International Student Services.

Please note, if you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa through Suffolk, you must attend the full time (day) program as those visa categories require full-time enrollment.

Visiting

Visiting students can apply to enroll for the fall or spring semester. The deadline for applications is July 1 for fall and Dec. 1 for spring.

Visiting students should submit the Visiting student application appropriate for the length and time of their visit: Fall, Spring, Full Year. 

The Visiting student application must be supported by:

  • A letter from your current law school dean stating that you are in good standing;
  • A letter from your current law school dean stating that credits earned at Suffolk University Law School will be applied toward your degree requirements at your original law school; and
  • An official law school transcript submitted through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.

The letters from your law school dean must be be mailed or hand-delivered directly from the current law school in a sealed institutional envelope to:

Suffolk University Law School
Office of Law Admission
120 Tremont Street, Suite 190
Boston, MA 02108

International JD Applicants

All JD applicants should use the first-year application available from www.lsac.org. This includes those who have received, or who will receive, their undergraduate bachelors degree from a foreign institution by September 1 of their enrollment year.

Visa Requirements

If you require to have form I-20 for an F-1 visa, or you qualify for a form DS-2019 under the J-1 program, please contact Suffolk's Office of International Student Services as soon as you are admitted. If you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa through Suffolk, you must attend the full-time (day) program; those visa categories require full time enrollment.

Evaluation of English Proficiency Requirements

Internationally educated applicants are required to submit exam scores from the TOEFL or the IELTS if:

  • You have been educated in a foreign institution where the language of instruction is not English; or,
  • You were educated in an English-speaking university, but English is not your primary language and you have not attended an English-speaking university within five years.

Suffolk University Law School will accept scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS for evaluation of English fluency. Applicants taking the TOEFL must submit a score of:

  • 600 paper format;
  • 250 CBT format; or,
  • 100 on the new IBT format

Applicants must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058.

Applicants taking the IELTS exam must score 6.5 or higher. It is important that you enter your test information on the English Proficiency page of your online LSAC account, as they are unable to process IELTS scores without this information. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

LSAC's foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and will be incorporated into your LSDAS report.

Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC via e-mail at 215-968-1001.

Translation of Transcripts

Students who are accepted and matriculate at Suffolk Law School must submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts that are either in English or are translated into English at the student's expense. The transcript must include the school seal or stamp and signature of the school dean or official. The transcripts must be delivered to Suffolk Law before you begin classes.

 

Essential Performance Standards

Suffolk University Law School strives to provide a legal education which ensures that its graduates are capable of functioning as competent and ethical practitioners who work professionally with clients, judges, attorneys, and others in the legal community. Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must possess certain minimum cognitive abilities and sufficient mental and emotional stability to participate fully in and satisfy the requirements of the Juris Doctor program of study, with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards, set forth below, outline the essential abilities and characteristics required for the completion of the J.D. degree. For purposes of this document, the term “candidate” means candidates for admission to the law school as well as enrolled law students who are candidates for graduation. While these standards delineate the necessary abilities of all candidates, they are not intended to deter or exclude candidates for whom reasonable accommodations for a disability will allow successful participation in and completion of the program.

I. Time Management Skills: A candidate must be able to meet deadlines, keep scheduled appointments, and manage his/her time to satisfactorily complete all assignments and administrative tasks within the allotted timeframe. A candidate must be able to adhere to the law school’s attendance policy and punctually attend classes prepared and ready to participate.

II. Communication Skills: A candidate must be able to communicate civilly and professionally with others in a candid and respectful manner by all forms of communication, including through electronic means and social media. A candidate must be able to receive constructive feedback in a mature manner. A candidate must be able to understand and respond to oral and written directions and feedback, and must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms. A candidate must be able to participate, be called upon, and answer questions in a classroom or other instructional setting. A candidate must be able to communicate with members of the law school faculty and administration without the assistance and intervention of third parties. Communication skills include public speaking, oral communication, reading, and writing, including by means of computer.

III. Organizational Skills: A candidate must be able to follow directions, make reasonable inferences, and organize and synthesize information. A candidate must be able to organize ideas to communicate either in writing or orally, and must be able to organize large amounts of information.

IV. Behavioral Skills: A candidate must possess the good judgment, honesty, integrity, and interpersonal skills required to work under stressful conditions and to work well with others. A candidate must be able to tolerate and manage competing demands and workloads as mentally and emotionally taxing as are routinely found in the legal profession. A candidate must be able to adapt to changing circumstances, monitor one’s own behavior, conduct oneself in a civil manner, and adhere to all other norms of professional conduct.

V. Intellectual-Conceptual and Integrative Skills: A candidate must have the ability to set goals, formulate a plan to accomplish those goals, and implement the plan over time. A candidate must be able to understand, synthesize and apply complex information, and must have the ability to integrate and process information promptly and accurately.

Deferment Policy

Under special circumstances, an accepted student may defer admission until the next academic year. To qualify for deferment you must

  1. Be admitted before June 1; 
  2. Submit a written request to the Admissions Office before August 1; and
  3. Pay the $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. 

Applicants admitted from the waitlist may not defer.

The $500 tuition deposit will be applied toward tuition the following year and is non-refundable.

If you have deferred admission to the following fall, you must submit the following new information by November 1:

  1. A new application through lsac.org (the $60 application fee is not required; you may request a fee waiver code from the Office of Law Admission).
  2. A statement of activities for the period the deferment was granted.
  3. An updated CAS Report from LSAC to the Law Admission Office. 

Students who have been granted a deferment should maintain an updated mailing address and e-mail with the Law Admission Office.  Deferred students who do not submit the proper paperwork due to bad contact information may be required to re-apply as a new applicant.  

Readmission

Any student who has withdrawn or has been dismissed from Suffolk University Law School who wishes to return must submit a Petition for Readmission to the Law Admission Office.

Please review Section VIA of the Suffolk University Law School Rules and Regulations for readmission policies and procedures.

In addition, no student dismissed for academic, administrative, or disciplinary reasons may apply for readmission to the Law School more than once every five years.

Character and Fitness Requirements

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Attended Other Law School

Applicants who previously attended another law school, even if you are applying to Suffolk Law as a First-Year Student, must provide any transcripts from the previous law school and a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean of the prior law school.

Suffolk University Law School will not review applications from students who have been dismissed from another law school in the past three years.