Diversity Program

Recognizing the need for diversity within the legal profession, the School of Law actively seeks qualified students of color, as well as members of other traditionally underrepresented groups, as candidates for yearly admission.

The Law School Admission Council’s Discover Law initiative provides tips and resources to help law school applicants develop a competitive application package.

View the Diversity Brochure.

Summer Institute
The School of Law sponsors a special educational program for individuals who have faced the challenges of discrimination, chronic financial hardship and/or other social, educational or physical disadvantages to such an extent that their undergraduate performance or LSAT score cannot otherwise warrant unconditional acceptance into the entering class.

This conditional program, available at no charge to participants, consists of a course in legal writing and a substantive course taught and graded according to the same qualitative standards applied to all first-year courses. Drawing upon the Vincentian tradition of concern for the disadvantaged, this program enables applicants to demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed in law study. The Institute is limited to 30 students each summer. Applicants may include a letter or addendum, along with their application, expressing interest in the Summer Institute Program. 

The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development
The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development is named after Ronald H. Brown, a St. John’s law school alumnus, who served as the first African American Secretary of Commerce and the first African American Chair of the Democratic National Committee. 

The Ronald H. Brown Center Programs
Designed to increase the Pipeline of Law Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds. For additional information on the Center and the Programs please visit the Ron Brown Center Website.  

Minority Students - A Legacy of Success
When the doors to St. John’s University School of Law first opened in 1925, they were opened largely to provide equal educational opportunity to people who, in that era, were denied that access everywhere else. Now, more than 80 years later, that mission is as strong as it has ever been.

As a vital part of our legacy as one of the area’s top law schools, minority graduates of the School of Law have been named to highly coveted positions as judicial clerks with judges of the:

  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

In addition, minority graduates have pursued careers in public service such as:

  • Corporation Counsel of New York City
  • Legal Aid Society 
  • New York County District Attorney's Office

Further evidence of our reputation among the top law schools, minority graduates of the School of Law have entered private practice as associates with such prominent law firms as:

  • Battle Fowler, LLP
  • Fish & Neave
  • Herrick Feinstein LLP
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Mendes & Mount LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
  • Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP
  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelmen & Dicker

A Vibrant Minority Community

Our historical mission, along with our location in Queens, New York, results in a community of learners that is reflective of the world's diverse populations.  And within this vibrant community, knowledge, scholarship and service come alive every day in ways that simply would not be possible absent this rich diversity.