Get your J.D. and M.S. in Computer Science.

Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science

This program was designed by Syracuse Law and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) to benefit students who are interested in technology-oriented practice. In particular, if you studied the sciences in your undergraduate work, this is a program that can definitely take your career to the next level.

Here's what you'll study

This combination of programs was designed in cooperation with Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) to benefit students who are interested in technology-oriented practice. A J.D./M.S. from one of the many graduate programs offered through ECS can significantly enhance the scope of your legal education in such areas as intellectual property, technology, and computers. An M.S. in computer science will bring an added dimension to your legal education, increasing your marketability and broadening your career opportunities.

If your undergraduate background fulfills specific requirements, you may obtain both degrees in three academic years and a summer term. However, you may need to complete additional courses if your undergraduate degree is in a different area. Other requirements vary by program.

Here are just a few of the programs offered: computer engineering, computer science, solid-state science and technology, and systems and information science.

Here's what you need to know

Syracuse Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. For a joint degree in Computer Science, you will earn 72 law credits plus 30 approved graduate credits. Most joint degree programs may be completed in three years (six semesters) and, potentially, one summer. However, both programs must be completed within four years.

Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to Syracuse Law does not guarantee admission to other graduate programs. Students are required to complete their first year of study at Syracuse Law and candidates for the joint degree program must obtain advance approval from Syracuse Law. The specific number of credits required for non-law graduate programs may vary depending on each student’s previous academic background in the subject area.

In addition, joint degree students are charged Syracuse Law tuition rates only, essentially offering the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees for the price of one.

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Law Admissions

College of Law
Admissions & Financial Aid
Suite 340 College of Law
Phone: 315.443.1962
Fax: 315.443.9568

JD/MS Computer Science

Professor Can Isik
L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
Phone: 315.443.1125


Specific questions & inquiries
about joint law programs:

Keri Foster
Associate Director
Office of Student Life
Suite 444 College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.1146
Fax: 315.443.9719

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that’s integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you’ll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there’s plenty of excitement to find here as well.

Syracuse University College of Law: A rich tradition in law and interdisciplinary legal studies.

Syracuse University New Technology Law Center: Home of Technology Commercialization Research Center for commercial development of early-stage technologies. Designated statewide as the New York State Science and Technology Law Center.