Hi. I just finished my first semester at Syracuse Law. the grading curve is actualy on another post (it is titled "grading curve at a particular school", but it can also be found on the website. I have not gotten any grades back yet.. it's frustrating they take a long time.. so i cannot tell you my personal experience with the curve. However, I have found the students to not be ultra competitive. In fact, I love the school because of the students and their willingness to help each other out and not be ultra competitive. I had a friend whos computer crashed and he lost all his briefs right before finals. He was offered briefs from alot of students as well as outlines if necessary. This is not to say that if you do no work you can get everytihn gfrom other people. They'll know if you are slacking and won't be willing to help. Trust me I hvae had a couple people not come to any classes and then try to get my outlines. The faculty and profs are sort of hit and miss. Some are good, some are bad. I had a few I hated this semester and a few I liked. From talking to the 3l's it seems to be about the same. The location and weather of the school is a downer, but overall I am pretty happy there for a law school experience. HTH!