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

  1. Take the LSAT.
  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 waiver).

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: 

  • Application for Admission

    The Suffolk Law School application is only available online through LSAC.org. You must register with LSAC.org to submit the application.

    In the application, applicants must choose to apply to either Day division (full-time) or Evening division (part-time). If you are open to admission to either division, please indicate this in your personal statement and send an e-mail to the Law Admission Office.

    If you answer yes to any of the character and fitness questions, please explain 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. 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, letter(s) of recommendation through the 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

    Official copies of transcripts for all collegiate, graduate and professional study by the applicant must be sent directly to the LSAC. Neglecting to include graduate and professional study transcripts may result in delayed review by the Faculty Admission Committee.

  • Application Fee

    The $60 application fee is non-refundable and is submitted through LSAC. To request an application fee waiver, please contact the Law Admission Office before submitting your application with a petition outlining your hardship circumstances.

Additional Application Information

Dismissed from Law School or Not in Good Standing

Suffolk University Law School will not review applications from students who have been dismissed from another law school within the past three years or who are not in good standing at the time of application.

First Time

First year applicants should submit the first year application and documentation indicated above.   

Deadline to apply is April 1.

Students at Non-ABA Accredited Law Schools:
In addition to the documentation required of traditional first year students, any student who has matriculated into a law program at a non-ABA accredited law school prior to applying to Suffolk University Law School must also submit:

  1. A letter of good standing from their current law school; and,
  2. An official transcript which reflects completion of all coursework

These documents should be mailed directly from your institution to:

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

Alternately, these documents may be hand-delivered to the Law Admission Office by the applicant.  In order to be considered official documents, they must arrive in the Law Admission Office in a sealed institutional envelope. 

Students matriculating from a non-ABA accredited law school will not receive credit or advanced standing for prior coursework. 

Transfer

Apply using the Transfer Student Application.  Deadline for transfer applications is July 6. 

The application, personal statement and resume should be submitted through LSAC.  Transfer students should also submit:

  • A letter of good standing from the Dean of the current law school;
  • An official, final transcript; and,
  • The front page of the CAS report (or request a new report from LSAC)

With the exception of a new CAS report, these supplemental materials should be mailed directly from the current law school to:

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

Alternately, these materials may be hand-delivered to our office.  To be considered official, all supplemental documents must arrive at our office in a sealed institutional envelope. 

Advanced Standing
You may receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing for courses completed at your law school as long as you have received a grade of “C” or higher. Advanced standing is awarded on a case by case basis and is reviewed after the admission decisions. Credit is usually not granted if more than five years have elapsed since you last attended law school.

Students who have matriculated into a law program at a non-ABA accredited law school prior to applying to Suffolk University Law School are not considered transfer students. These students are required to apply as first year applicants and will not receive transfer of credits or advanced standing at Suffolk University Law School. 

 

Visiting

Visting 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 and 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.

These supplemental materials should be mailed directly from the current law school to:

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

Alternately, these materials may be hand-delivered to our office. To be considered official, all supplemental documents must arrive at our office in a sealed institutional envelope.

Deadline for application as a Visiting student is July 6 for those enrolling in fall semester or for a full year.

Deadline for Visiting students intending to enroll in the spring semester is December 1.

Internationally Educated JD Applicants

Internationally educated JD applicants should use the First Year application.

Deadline for first year applicants is April 1

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.

Evaluation of English Proficiency Requirements
Suffolk University Law School will accept scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS for evaluation of English fluency.

Internationally educated applicants are required to submit scores from one of these exam if:

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

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.

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

Undergraduate Transcripts
Those students who are accepted into the Law School will be required to submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, complete with school seal or stamp and signature of the school dean or official.

Transcripts must either be in English or must be translated into English at the student's expense.

 

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.

Technical 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. In order to qualify for deferment you must

  1. be admitted before June 1; and,
  2. submit a written request to the Admissions Office prior to July 6.

Applicants admitted from the waitlist may not defer.

The $500 tuition deposit will be held for the fall entering class and is non-refundable.

In addition, if you wish to defer, you will need to complete by November 1:

  1. A new application (the $60 application fee is not required; you will be provided with a fee waiver code)
  2. A statement of activities for the period the deferment was granted
  3. Forward 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 part of the Fall 2015 applicant pool.