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Pre-Law Advisement Program, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science / Juris Doctor

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies


If you want a career that touches almost every area of our social, political and professional lives, then discover the tremendous advantages of the Pre-Law Advisement Program at St. John's University.

Jobs for lawyers are expected to grow by 13 percent over the next decade. But competition will be fierce, from admission to respected law schools to securing the right jobs. Our Pre-Law Advisement Program gives you an edge, with extensive activities and mentoring by professors who are not only respected legal scholars but seasoned legal practitioners as well. Students in the program also benefit from the resources of St. John's University's widely respected School of Law.

Since there is no such thing as a "pre-law curriculum," advisors guide you in choosing courses and activities that build the skills, knowledge and confidence that law schools prize. Each year, St. John's graduates earn admission to America's top law schools. One reason is the high quality of St. John's more than 100 academic programs in the arts, sciences, business, education, pharmacy and allied health. The other reason is our pre-law advisors, who know the courses, experiences and activities you need for admission to law school — including St. John's nationally ranked Mock Trial Team.

We invite you to explore the Pre-Law Advisement Program at St. John's by learning about our objectives, resources and faculty. Also contact us directly — and be sure to ask for our Pre-Law Handbook, which covers everything from deciding to become a lawyer and legal specialties to choosing a law school and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).


Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

There is no set of required courses for law school admission. You can major in the liberal arts business, education or the natural and applied sciences. What law schools do look for is high academic achievement; strong analytical and communications skills; and a demonstrated interest in the law. Your score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) also is important.

The Pre-Law Advisory Committee offers expert assistance. Each undergraduate college has a pre-law advisor. Each advisor has a J.D. degree and is trained to help you prepare for law school by selecting courses, securing internships and talking with law school admission representatives the Pre-Law Advisory Committee invites to campus every semester. You’ll also have access to a vast collection of materials about becoming a lawyer.

Combined undergraduate ( B.A., B.S.) and law school degree programs are offered by two divisions — St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies — through their partnership with the University’s highly respected School of Law. The program allows you to complete an undergraduate and law degree in six years.

To be accepted for a combined undergraduate and law degree, you need a minimum 3.5 grade-point average following your sophomore year. You also need an above average score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and to demonstrate a commitment to the law and the maturity to complete an accelerated program. (Acceptance to the program does not guarantee admission to the School of Law.)

Students also gain academic preparation for legal careers by majoring in St. John’s Bachelor of Science Degree Programs in Criminal Justice or Legal Studies, offered through the College of Professional Studies.


Students can apply for membership in the Pre-Law Advisement Program by contacting:

Prof. Bernard Helldorfer, Esq.
Professor and Chair
at (718) 990-7417

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Admission Office -  Staten Island campus

Career Outcomes

Through the Pre-Law Advisory Program, you will experience faculty guidance, select courses, choose activities and gain the knowledge to prepare you for admission to the law school of your choice.

  • Choose a broad range of courses to strengthen your analytical and communications skills along with your understanding of cultural, political and legal issues.
  • Participate in activities that build your knowledge of law school admission requirements, practices and policies.
  • Gain access to internships and programs such as the Mock Trial Team that allow you to “test the waters” before embarking on a legal career.
  • Experience a broad, quality education that will prepare you not only for the law but for a fulfilling life.

Additional Information

Students benefit from the outstanding academic resources for which St. John’s is known. 

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library system. The University’s new D’Angelo Center, located on the Queens campus, is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot facility with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, a full-service food court and a distinctive lounge with a fireplace.

The Pre-Law Advisement Program offers additional activities and opportunities that complement the outstanding academic resources available to all students at St. John’s.

The Mock Trial Team
The team consistently achieves top national rankings in the annual intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournaments. “Trials” simulate genuine courtroom conditions, with a jury and actual judges presiding. Students perform as attorneys and witnesses. In 2010, the team capped the 16th straight season that St. John’s has earned a bid to the national championship’s opening rounds. Overall, St. John’s placed sixth out of 28 teams in the Atlantic Region, which includes powerhouses like Columbia, NYU and Yale.

The Legal Society
The society, which has chapters at the Queens and Staten Island campuses, regularly invites practicing lawyers, judges and law school representatives to campus to talk with students.

New York City
We also recommend that you take advantage of New York City’s status as home to many local, state and federal courts, as well as major law firms. Students also benefit from St. John’s location in terms of internships with law firms, government agencies and other employers throughout the metropolitan area.

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