Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

No. The F-1 or J-1 visa categories require full-time enrollment.

Yes, the Evening Division is the part-time program. Evening classes are scheduled three days a week starting at 6 p.m. For more info, visit our Evening JD Program webpage.

Yes. First-year students begin classes in May (summer) as part of the Accelerated JD Program and in August (fall) for the traditional JD program. Visiting and transfer students may apply to start in either August or January (spring).

The 2018 entering class included 20% students of color and 2% self-identified as LGBTQ.

The 2018 entering class was 378 students (292 day and 86 evening).

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You may only apply for one of the two divisions.  If you are unsure as to which program you would like to matriculate into, simply choose one.  Should admission be granted, it is often possible to request a switch to the other division.

No. Personal interviews are scheduled only at the request of the Admission Committee.

You must use the LSAC electronic application to apply for admission to Suffolk Law’s JD program. To start the process, you must register with LSAC.

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

No. You 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.

Yes. You must register for CAS and use it to send all undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent to LSAC. When we receive and process your application, we will request your CAS report, which includes your LSAT scores, copies of your academic transcripts, LSAT writing sample, and a summary of your undergraduate grades. If you subscribed to the Letter of Recommendation Service, the letters also will be included. If you had previously registered with CAS, you must re-register only if that subscription had lapsed. For information, contact LSAC directly.

You must take the LSAT or GRE, and submit an online application through LSAC. For documents, you will need a resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation and all transcripts from colleges and graduate schools you attended.

The priority application deadline is April 1. We begin accepting applications in September. Decisions are released on a rolling basis beginning in late November. After the priority deadline, we continue to accept applications until July 1 and review applications in the order they are received. We strongly recommend prospective students apply before the April 1 priority deadline.

Yes, if you were dismissed from the prior law school more than three years ago.

Student Life

Yes. We offer six concentrations (like a major) in the following areas of interest: Intellectual Property Law, Health & Biomedical Law, Business Law & Financial ServicesLegal Innovation & Technology, Trial & Appellate Advocacy, and International Law. Matriculating students may apply for enrollment in a concentration in their second academic year.

Yes. Suffolk Law students can study and/or intern in more than 90 countries.

Semester exchange programs are offered in Dusseldorf, Germany; Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico; Lund, Sweden; Montreal and Ottawa, Canada.

Suffolk Law School also has an exclusive agreement with the Center for International Legal Studies to offer internships for JD students and externships for LLM students and other post-graduates with law degrees. For more info, visit our Study Abroad webpage.

Yes. Law students enrolled in at least 75% of a full-time academic program are eligible to participate in the student health insurance offered through Suffolk University. Learn more about Suffolk University's Student Health Care & Insurance.

No. However, law students may use Suffolk University’s Off-Campus Housing Office as a resource to search for housing or find roommates.

Suffolk Law has 10 in-house clinics in which students represent real clients in real cases with supervision from a faculty member who is a practicing attorney. Clinics range from intellectual property law and immigration hearings to criminal defense and juvenile guardianship. Suffolk Law's clinical programs have been ranked in the top 30 since 2009 by U.S. News & World Report. For more info, visit our Clinics webpage.

Financial Aid

Please see our Tuition & Aid FAQ's for further information.