Legal Studies / Government and Politics, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


In order to fully understand the practice of law, you also need to understand the political structures that affect how legislation is created and interpreted. The combined B.S./M.A. program in Legal Studies and Government and Politics will provide you with comprehensive understanding of the American legal system and the governmental framework affecting every aspect of legal practice. The accelerated nature of the program will allow you to complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Legal Studies degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Government and Politics. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division

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You should apply to the combined B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Legal Studies. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.


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Career Outcomes

In the combined B.S./M.A. program in Legal Studies and Government and Politics, you’ll learn the political policies and governmental structures that affect how law is written, interpreted, and put into practice. You’ll also develop in-depth knowledge of the American legal system and how to research, document, and present legal issues. Your sophisticated understanding of both the legal and political systems will make you a desirable candidate for careers related to public policy, public administration, law, social justice, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and lobbying and special interest groups.

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Success Story

Assistant dean in the College of Professional Studies

When Kevin James 11C, 13MBA was a student at St. John's University, he strived to integrate the...