St. John's UniversitySt. John's is one of America's leading Catholic universities – recognized for its superb academic programs, diverse student life and New York vitality. Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, St. John's is known for giving students the knowledge, skills and confidence to serve others while achieving personal and professional success.
With three friendly, residential campuses in New York, St. John’s is a good choice for an affordable, high-quality private education. Its campus community is diverse and supportive. The university boasts that it has a singular approach to education academic study, service opportunities and real-world experience with one of the most far-sighted global studies programs of its kind.
St. John's is organized into five undergraduate schools and six graduate schools. It is a large university with nearly 16,000 undergraduate students and nearly 6,000 graduate students.
The law school
The School of Law is located on the Queens Campus of St. John's University. Situated on almost 100 rolling acres in a residential area, the campus boasts a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. The campus provides easy access to Manhattan and all of New York City and the location provides opportunities and access to the world's largest law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts.
St. John's School of Law is a vibrant intellectual community. Through a rigorous and broad-based curriculum, students gain a solid grounding in the law and a practical professional skillset. In order to complement its curriculur offerings, the school's nine Centers bring prominent scholars, practitioners, judges and students together at the Law School to discuss cutting edge legal issues.
Students engage in experiential learning through hands-on work in our 11 in-house and partner Clinics and as participants in an Externship Program. They also experience the law's international reach and impact first-hand as students in summer Global Programs in Rome, Paris and other centers of commerce and culture. The Law School's LL.M. in Bankruptcy is the most extensive program of its kind in the nation.
Admission is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship as well as professional achievements will be considered. The LL.M. Program is designed to have a limited enrollment in order to enrich the quality of the experience for each LL.M. candidate.
Any foreign law school graduate holding a law degree (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from a non-U.S. law school recognized in the country where founded and located.
Tests (english proficiency)
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies, it is essential that all students have a high level of comprehension and oral and written expression in the English language. Foreign graduates (other than students from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test prior to applying.
St. John’s School of Law is proud to offer two LL.M. Graduate Degrees. The programs are the LL.M. in Bankruptcy and the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates.
The LL.M. in Bankruptcy, the US's only bankruptcy program, accepts about a dozen highly motivated students a year. Our intensive and comprehensive curriculum includes more than two-dozen specialized bankruptcy courses taught by a world-class faculty of leading professors, judges and practitioners. Our graduates are successful and are employed by leading firms and courts.
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates provides foreign lawyers with an invaluable opportunity to come to St. John’s School of Law and New York City to acquire new skills in U.S. legal studies and gain eligibility to apply for the New York Bar and to provide foreign law graduates full exposure to the core subjects of U.S. law.