Step 1: Take the LSAT or GRE
Applicants are required to take either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you take the GRE, you will need to tell the Educational Testing Service to send your scores to Suffolk Law—code: 4343.
Step 2: Create LSAC Account
Complete Suffolk Law's application online. You must create an LSAC account to apply to Suffolk Law School. The priority deadline is April 1 for applicants seeking to start in May or August.
We recommend taking the LSAT no later than February to ensure you can complete your application before our April 1 priority deadline.
Step 3: Choose Your Degree Option
You want to get a law degree, so you are in the right place. Next, choose how long you want to be in school: 2, 3 or 4 years. To graduate in two years full-time or three-years part-time, select "Fall-First Time" application then select "Accelerated JD" under degree options. The Accelerated JD Program starts in May and has limited enrollment, so we recommend applying by Feb. 1.
Do you want to attend classes full-time, part-time at night? Select this under “division” options. Students in the full-time program graduate in two years in the accelerated JD or three years in the traditional and hybrid-online JD. Students in the part-time evening program graduate in 2.5-three years in the accelerated JD and 3.5-four years in the traditional and hybrid-online JD.
If you want to take up to two-thirds of your classes online, select the “Hybrid Online JD” under degree options. Take all first-year classes in person at Suffolk Law in Boston, then take all or some of your remaining classes online from anywhere in the world. Available for full- or part-time evening students who achieve a 3.0 during their first year of law school. Please note that the Hybrid Online JD is competitive and has limited enrollment.
Want to earn two degrees at the same time (perhaps, MBA or LLM in Tax?). Select the dual degree program you are interested in under degree options. Note: Applicants for a dual degree must submit a second essay to be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee explaining your interest in the additional (non-JD) degree. Also, please review the application requirements for each program as some vary.
Learn more about our flexible degree options here. And keep in mind that if you are not accepted into one of the limited-enrollment programs, you will be considered for enrollment in the traditional JD.
Step 4: Transcripts and Recommendations
You'll need to submit all 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. Letters of recommendation must be sent through LSAC. Letters will not be accepted if sent directly to the Office of Law Admission.
You will upload your resume and personal statement as part of the online application.
Step 5: Application Fee Waiver
The $60 application fee paid through LSAC is non-refundable. You can get a free fee waiver through Suffolk University!Once you have completed the steps above, your application will be complete and will be sent to us for review and decision. Contact our Admission Office with any questions or to get some help with the process.
Elements of Your Application
LSAT or GRE
Applicants are required to take either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
All applicants must participate in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) regardless of which standardized test is being taken. Through this service, Suffolk Law will automatically receive reportable LSAT scores and will consider those results in its review process.
Applicants who elect to take the GRE instead of the LSAT must instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send Suffolk Law all GRE test scores from the prior five-year period. Suffolk Law's ETS code is: 4343.
Applicants who take both the LSAT and GRE must report their LSAT score to Suffolk Law; they also have the option of submitted their GRE score as part of their application."
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.
Applicants are required to submit an updated resume with their application. Upload your resume as part of the LSAC.org application to Suffolk Law School. Any gaps in employment or education should be noted and explained in a separate addendum submitted with the personal statement.
Upload your personal statement (essay) as part of the LSAC application to Suffolk Law School.
What Goes into the 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. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced, and in 12-point font.
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.
Filling in Gaps
Explanations regarding gaps in employment or educational history, including the circumstances behind attendance at multiple institutions, also 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
Submit at least one letter of recommendation (no more than three) through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). 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. Letters of recommendation should never come from family member or friends.
Letters of recommendation must be sent through LSAC. Letters will not be accepted if sent directly to the Office of Law Admission.
Official Academic Transcripts
Register for 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).
You must submit transcripts for all collegiate, graduate and professional study. This is also how we receive your LSAT score(s). Official copies of transcripts for all collegiate, graduate and professional study by the applicant must be sent directly to LSAC from the college or graduate school.
Applicants who are still attending an undergraduate institution should submit all transcripts up to the most recent semester completed. All new students must provide a final transcript evidencing a bachelor's degree conferred. This is an ABA requirement.
Special Information For...
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. Fill out the Application Form.
Application for Special Student Status is due by December 1 for spring enrollment and July 15 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.
International JD Applicants
All JD applicants should use the first-year application available on LSAC. 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.
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 100 on the internet-based exam.
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 7.0 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 email or at 215-968-1001.
Translation of Transcripts
Suffolk Law requires Credential Assembly Service Authentication and Evaluation for all transcripts, including those from institutions that are not in the United States. All documents from foreign institutions must be sent directly to LSAC by the issuing institution. No transcripts will be accepted by the Office of Law Admission.
Applicants Wishing to Defer Admission
Under special circumstances, an accepted student may defer admission until the next academic year. To qualify for deferment you must:
- Be admitted before June 1;
- Submit a written request to the Admissions Office before August 1; and
- 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 been approved to defer admission, you must submit the following information by February 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).
- A statement of activities for the period the deferment was granted.
- 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.
Applicants Desiring 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 VI 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.
Applicants Who Attended Another 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.
Suffolk Law Graduates to Audit Classes
Graduates of Suffolk Law are permitted to audit classes offered by Suffolk Law, if space allows. Alumni pay the regular tuition rate per credit. To enroll, submit the registration form to the Office of Academic Services. Questions: 617-573-8160.
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.
Time Performance 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.