Areas of Focus

Areas of Excellence

Law intersects many different disciplines and fields of study. Starting in your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to explore specialized areas of the law tailored to your unique interests and career aspirations. Experiential learning opportunities in your speciality like clinic work, internships, and externships bridge the gap between theory and practice, preparing you for the realities of legal scenarios.

Our Areas of Excellence are specialties that distinguish Syracuse Law, taught by renowned scholars participating in cutting-edge research to seek solutions to the most complex challenges of our time.

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Advocacy and Litigation

Develop your advocacy and litigation skills both in and outside of the classroom. Through a blend of intra- and inter-collegiate competitions, including pioneering virtual formats, you’ll have the chance to excel on a global stage. Our track record speaks for itself, with student advocates regularly winning major awards at regional, national, and international tournaments.

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Disability Law and Policy

Disability Law is a field that touches the lives of millions, ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal access to opportunities, resources, and justice. Broaden your understanding of how disability intersects with various legal areas and prepare for a career in federal and state government offices, private firms, and public interest organizations focused on disability law, education, employment, civil rights, and international human rights.

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Security Policy and Law

Immerse yourself in the crucial fields of national security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and intelligence law. This program is your gateway to a career where you can make a real impact on the safety and security of our nation. Through a combination of legal theory and practical application, you’ll explore a wide range of topics that shape the world today. Whether you’re drawn to cybersecurity, international conflicts, or the legal frameworks of national security, this program provides the skills and knowledge you need to excel.

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Technology Commercialization (Intellectual Property)

Study in the space where technology, law, and business converge, shaping the future of innovation. Through immersive classroom experiences and hands-on research projects, you’ll explore the intricate landscape of bringing groundbreaking technologies to market and uncover the secrets of tech commercialization while working with universities, federal labs, and cutting-edge startups.

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Additional Areas of Interest