Welcome to St. John's School of Law

Overview

The Law School emphasizes legal theory and research, experiential learning and legal skills training. In addition to introducing you to legal concepts and practices, our curriculum is designed to expose you to diverse areas of the law so that you can discover your path to professional success. Our faculty and administrators will guide and support you from your first semester to your first job after graduation and beyond.

Meet Dean Michael A. Simons

Degree Programs

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J.D.
Day Program:
  3 years, full-time
Evening Program:
  4 years, part-time

J.D./M.A. in Government
  and Politics
J.D./M.S. in Accounting
J.D./B.S./B.A. (for St. John's
  University undergraduates)

LL.M. in Bankruptcy
  (with joint J.D./LL.M. option)
LL.M. in International
  and Comparative Sports Law
LL.M. in Transnational Legal
  Practice
LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

Faculty and Research

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Our faculty members are recognized authorities in their scholarly fields, and they all bring experience in legal practice to their classrooms. While these men and women have varied teaching styles, they share a commitment to engaging their students in active learning. Faculty research important and timely legal issues and author noteworthy books, articles and commentaries.

Professor Michael Perino
Professor Rosemary Salomone
Student Megan Quail

Our faculty members are recognized authorities in their scholarly fields. They bring experience in legal practice to their classrooms and they are committed to engaging students in active learning.

Clinics and Externships

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At St. John's, you will find many opportunities to learn the practice of law by doing. Experiential learning through clinics and externships is a cornerstone of our educational approach, and it allows you to test substantive areas of the law and different practice environments as you make your career plans. Many of our experiential programs enable you to help New York's underserved as you prepare for your life in the law.

Student Joe Reigadas
Student Monique Haynes
Associate Director Kimathi Gordon-Somers
Professor Ann Goldweber

Current
Clinics

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Bankruptcy Advocacy Clinic
Bread and Life Immigration
  Clinic
Child Advocacy Clinic
Consumer Justice for the
  Elderly: Litigation Clinic

Criminal Defense Clinic
Domestic Violence Litigation
   Clinic
Economic Justice Clinic
OSHA Whistleblower
  Mediation Advocacy Clinic

Prosecution Clinic
Refugee and Immigrant Rights
  Litigation Clinic
Securities Arbitration Clinic

Sample Externship Placements

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A&E Television Networks
Brooklyn Defenders Services
Channel 13 WNET
District Attorneys' Offices
Federal Trade Commission

Judicial Chambers (federal,
  state and city courts)
Mental Hygiene Legal Services
Merrill Lynch
New York City Law Department

New York Stock Exchange
The Legal Aid Society (civil,
  criminal and juvenile rights)
United States Attorneys'
  Offices

Legal Skills Training

Overview

Training in essential legal skills is critically important to any career path you choose. At St. John's, we emphasize legal writing for all students and student-run journals provide avenues for publication. Students can also build advocacy skills through our mock trial and moot court teams. Our student writers and advocates have an excellent track record in national and international competitions, signaling the strength of their legal skills.

Student David Sheril
Student Kaitlin Mctague
Student Chris Rubino
Student Stephanie Zambrano

Trial Advocacy >>

  • Semi-Finalists, NITA Tournament of Champions
  • Regional Champions, National Quarter-Finalists, and Best Advocate, TYLA National Trial Competition
  • Regional Champions, AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Finalists, Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Competition

Appellate Advocacy >>

  • Winner, Tulane Sports Law Competition
  • Semi-Finalists, William B. Spong Moot Court Competition
  • Semi-Finalists, Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition

Our Centers

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St. John's has nine academic centers that bring together faculty, students, and practicing lawyers to engage specific areas of the law. Each center can help you gain a broad perspective on issues that matter to you and, in doing so, assist you in defining and advancing your career path.

Associate Dean Christopher Borgen
Professor Paul Kirgis
Student Alyssa Zuckerman
Public Interest Center

Our Public Interest Center organizes programs and connects students with professional opportunities in the public interest. One of the Center's most important programs is the Public Interest Fellowship Program, which supports students in full-time summer work at organizations addressing such areas as domestic violence, mental health, community development, child advocacy and others serving those most in need.

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Our
Centers

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The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development
The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution
Center for Bankruptcy Studies
St. John's Center for International and Comparative Law
Center for Labor and Employment Law
Center for Law and Religion
Public Interest Center
Writing Center

Your Career Path

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Your education at the Law School will set in motion a life in the law that should be dynamic and sustaining for years to come. If our past graduates are any measure, your options will be limited only by your aspirations. Our alumni are well represented throughout the legal community: in the judiciary, government, elective offices, private practice in both large and small firms, public interest organizations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

You can create your own career path by taking advantage of the Law School's resources. Since not all law students know what type of law they want to practice, we provide many opportunities for you to explore and identify your particular interests in the law.

Associate Dean Larry Cunningham
Christeen Walch '09
Pishoy Yacoub '05
Samantha Horn '11
David Grossman '11
May Kay Vyskocol '83
James M. Wick '89
Student Gabriella Zahn

Career
Development
Office

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To prepare you for your entry into the legal profession, the Career Development Office provides services and programs designed to help you develop your job-seeking skills and maximize your impact on prospective employers.

Our Culture

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Our welcoming, open culture defines us and sets us apart. We cultivate a campus atmosphere where mutual respect is paramount. You will quickly discover how natural it is to extend your learning experience through the exchanges with faculty and other students that take place in study groups, meetings, open-door faculty offices, informal get-togethers and even pick-up soccer games.

Student Lawrence Brown
Student Effie Cho
Student Max Pantinkin
Student Denis Sweeney

Our Campus

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The Law School is located in Finley and Belson Halls on the main campus of St. John's University in a residential neighborhood of Queens, which is known for its multicultural character, global cuisine and some of New York City's most affordable housing.

Our Campus

Overview

We invite you to visit our campus to experience of the Law School for yourself. By visiting in person, you can meet current students, observe a class in action, see the University's 100-acre campus and feel the genuine warmth of our community.

Tours and Information Sessions

You are welcome to make an appointment for an individual tour, which includes sitting in on a class, by calling (718) 990-6474. We also offer group information sessions and tours from October through February. See the schedule and reserve your place.

Locator Map

Our main campus is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, just off the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, New York. We are easily accessible from throughout metropolitan New York City and from both JKF and LaGuardia airports.

Day in the Life Video