Law Admission

Preparing the practice-ready lawyers of tomorrow.

For more than 100 years, Suffolk Law has produced some of the nation’s most distinguished legal professionals.

  • 1 out of every 4 judges in Massachusetts graduated from Suffolk Law.
  • 4 of 11 Massachusetts District Attorneys received a JD from Suffolk Law.
  • Suffolk Law has the most patent law partners and associates in the Bay State’s largest firms.

With an emphasis on real world practice and experiential learning, Suffolk University—located at the geographic intersection of Boston’s government, business and healthcare industries—is the place to start, build, and launch a successful law career.

Suffolk University values an inclusive community and supports diversity among our students, faculty, and staff. We believe that our community is enriched by people of different backgrounds and cultures, and we are committed to building a culture of cooperation among diverse groups.

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Earn Your JD Your Way - Explore Suffolk Law’s Degree Options

Named by PreLaw Magazine as one of the “Top 20 Most Innovative Law Schools,” Suffolk University teaches leading-edge technique paired with immersive learning opportunities including civil and judicial externships and pro bono opportunities. Earn your degree on your terms with flexible degree options offering a JD degree in as few as two years and the option to select an area of focus or concentration from intellectual property to international law.

Suffolk Law faculty are outstanding in their fields. Learn from digital evidence and criminal procedure expert Christina Miller and finance litigator Maurice Dyson, just two of the dedicated scholars and experienced practitioners on the Suffolk Law faculty.

This traditional program allows JD students to earn degrees in six semesters of study. Full-time JD students have summers off for experiential learning—from externships and clinics to international study and practice.

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Evening JD students take a reduced schedule to earn a JD in eight semesters of study with all classes typically offered between 5:30 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. Accelerated evening students can graduate in as few as 2.5 years, while traditional evening students have summers off and graduate in four years.

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Classes begin in May for first-year accelerated JD students and continue year-round (summer, fall, spring) to allow for graduation one year sooner. All accelerated JD summer classes are held after 5:00 p.m. for day and evening students. Accelerated JD students take the same number of credits and pay the same per-semester tuition as traditional JD students. Available for day or evening students.

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Earn your JD with a mix of in-person and online classes in the new Hybrid Online JD Program. Take your first 30 credit hours in-person in Boston, then take a mix of in-person or online classes for the remainder of your JD. Available for full- or part-time evening students who achieve a 3.0 during their first year of law school. Review bar eligibility requirements for remote learners [PDF].

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Earn two degrees while at Suffolk Law: Fast-track your career by getting a master’s in business, finance, taxation, criminal justice, or other disciplines while earning your law degree. We offer two accelerated dual degree programs - JD/MBA and JD/Tax LLM - in which you can earn both degrees in three years.

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Application Dates & Deadlines

Suffolk Law reviews JD applications on a rolling basis beginning in November. Your application won't be reviewed by the Admission Committee until it is complete.

To learn about the parts of the application, visit our How to Apply page.

  • February 1 – Priority Application Deadline for Accelerated and Hybrid Enrollment
  • March 1 – Financial Aid Priority Filing Date
  • April 1 – Priority Application Deadline for August Enrollment

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Application Requirements

To apply for admission to Suffolk Law, access the application at

Additional admission requirements:

  • LSAT, GRE, or JD-Next Exam
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts


Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to the 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.

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