Why is any school a Tier 3 or 4? I don't think that Penn State, De Paul, New York Law, Syracuse, etc. are bad schools. In fact, I think that one may even get a better education at a school like that because it is trying to prove itself. Every law school has amazing professors, and let's face it, there are only 180-something law schools--they all have to be pretty good. But rankings are somewhat political. What schools have been around and ahve money. I read a great article about the dean of NYU law. He said something along the lines that if there was a Princeton Law, it would immediately be a top ten school, and he is right. All of us are going to get great legal educations at all of our schools, but it is human nature to want to be the best, so we have to designate something as the best and something as the worst. Sorry this isn't more specialized to Syracuse. Maybe some one who goes there can help you out more, but I do think that it is a good school.