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Joe Biden

The U.S. Vice President maintains a close relationship with his alma mater.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden received his juris doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. The Biden legacy at SU continued two decades later, when his son Joseph also attended the College of Law. The vice president maintains a close relationship with Syracuse University, serving as commencement speaker in 2006 and 2009. He returned to campus again in September 2009 to hold a task force hearing on middle-class families.

The College of Law has been training practitioners of the legal profession since its founding in 1895, and continues its tradition of addressing the most pressing legal issues of the day. Among its programs is the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), which provides interdisciplinary research, graduate-level education, and public service on law and policy challenges related to national and international security. INSCT is sponsored by the College of Law in collaboration with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM), a collaborative effort among the Syracuse University College of Law, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is a first-of-its-kind academic institute devoted to the interdisciplinary study of complex issues at the intersection of law, politics, and the media.

Thousands of SU graduates live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, holding positions in government, agencies, legal firms, and other organizations. SU students have the opportunity to learn in the nation’s capital, attending classes and experiencing immersion opportunities, many of them centered at Greenberg House, SU’s home in D.C.