Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University Law School is a private law school in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The fourth oldest law school in New England in continuous existence (after only Harvard, Yale, and Boston University), Suffolk was founded in 1906 by Gleason Archer, Sr. to provide a legal education for those who traditionally lacked the opportunity to study law because of socio-economic or racial discrimination. Originally a school that admitted men only (with New England School of Law as its sister school), Suffolk has been co-educational since 1937.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.suffolk.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) lawadm@suffolk.edu
Location (Location) Boston, MA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1906
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 144
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 152
Median GPA : 3.24
Acceptance Rate : 75%


Suffolk Law School Admissions

Suffolk Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 75% of its applicants. Comparatively, Suffolk is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2017 2999 2230 (74.36%) 528 (17.6%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.98 3.24 3.48
LSAT 147 152 155

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $44,064 $44,064
Part Time $33,048 $33,048
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $21,920
Living at home: $15,392

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/01
Application Fee : $60

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Suffolk Law School Community

Suffolk Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Suffolk is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 68
  • Part Time : 72

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 29
  • # Minority Faculty : 12

RATIO

18.1 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Suffolk Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Suffolk University 1L section size is 20% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 26% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Suffolk Law School: 91
Massachusetts Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 1142
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 118
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 138
  • Law Journals : 150
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 104

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 8.8%
  • Second Year : 0.6%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Suffolk Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Suffolk University class of 2012 had an employment rate of 74% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2012, 71.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 45.0%
  • Business: 29.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Massachusetts: 81%
  • New York: 3%
  • Rhode Island: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 71.4%
  • First Time Takers: 531
  • Average School: 86.8%
  • Average State: 87.9%
  • Pass Difference: -1.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts : 87.9%
  • Passed : 329 of 379 (86.8%)
  • State Average : 87.9%
  • Difference : -1.1%
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