Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

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

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

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

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).

Applying

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.

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

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

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.

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.

No. Personal interviews are scheduled only at the request of the Admission Committee to answer questions of character and fitness. Admission decisions are made based on a candidate’s highest LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, and documents submitted as required in the 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 at www.lsac.org.

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

Student Life

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.

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

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

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.

Financial Aid

International students are not eligible for federal funds or Suffolk need-based funds. International students may be awarded merit funds by the Office of Admissions at the time of admission or apply for a private, credit-based loan.

Yes. There are a wide variety of private, non-federal, credit-based student loans available. Interested students should carefully explore the options and be sure to complete the lender’s application process in a timely manner to ensure semester charges are covered by the semester billing due dates.

Federal loans such as the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and Graduate PLUS loan require that you apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If eligible, you will be awarded an Unsubsidized Stafford loan. First time borrowers of federal loans must complete loan entrance counseling and sign the appropriate master promissory note(s) (MPN).

If desired, once awarded you will need to complete a separate application and promissory note to receive a federal PLUS loan. Generally speaking all applications for federal PLUS or alternative loans should be submitted for certification to Student Financial Services no later than 2 weeks prior to the semester billing due date.

By the March 1st priority filing deadline, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete only the student section each year using the FAFSA school code 002218.

If additional information is required, the Office of Financial Aid will contact you.

March 1 is the prospective student priority filing date for financial aid, however applications are accepted throughout the year. All applicants will be reviewed for a Federal Direct Loan and will be considered for Suffolk grants and scholarships. However, financial aid funds are awarded on a rolling basis, and grants will be awarded first to students who meet the March 1 priority filing date. Applicants seeking need-based funding from Suffolk are encouraged to apply for financial aid by the priority filing date. Aid is awarded on a funds available basis after the priority deadline.

Merit scholarships are awarded to incoming students at the time of admission by the Office of Law Admissions.

Need-based endowed and named scholarships, law achievement scholarships, and loans are awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. For more info on specific programs, visit our Types of Assistance webpage.

Merit scholarships offered by the Office of Law Admission can be used only to pay for tuition. Federal and private loans may be used to cover tuition and living expenses, such as rent, food and books.

Tuition charges are paid first, then any excess on a student's tuition account will be issued by the Bursar's Office in the form of a refund check. Students should note that refunds will not be available until 1-4 weeks after the beginning of classes each semester. For this reason students should come prepared to meet their first month's expenses out of pocket.

New students must submit your FAFSA application and federal income tax information for both student and spouse (if married). Student and spouse tax information is collected electronically during the FAFSA application’s IRS Data Retrieval process; do not submit paper tax forms. 

No. Applicants to law school do not provide parents’ information on the FAFSA. All law students are considered independent for federal financial aid purposes.

Yes. All new and continuing students must complete and submit a new FAFSA every year.

This 2007 federal law provides debt relief for graduates who are repaying federal student loans. There are two major provisions that impact law students and graduates. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program forgives federal loans for graduates working in a broad category of public service jobs. The Income-Based Repayment Program reduces the monthly federal loan payments for all high debt/low income borrowers. For information on both programs, visit our Public Service Loan Forgiveness webpage

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