JD Admissions and Application
In reviewing applications, we focus primarily on the demonstrated qualities and proven skills that are essential to academic success and intellectual growth as a St. John's Law student.
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The admission process at St. John's University School of Law is highly competitive. The School seeks to identify and select a diverse group of talented students who will succeed not only at St. John's, but continue our tradition of excellence in the legal and business worlds. Accordingly, in reviewing applications, we focus primarily on the demonstrated qualities and proven skills we deem essential for academic success and intellectual stimulation at St. John's.
Applicants should recognize that Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate GPAs are important factors in the admission process. However, numbers alone might not entirely reflect an applicant's ability to succeed in the study of the law, enhance the law school's educational environment, and deliver legal services in a professionally responsible manner after graduation.
Therefore, the Admissions Committee will also consider, among other factors, the nature and difficulty of the applicant's course of undergraduate studies; the applicant's entire undergraduate record, including ascending or descending trends in achievement; graduate work or degrees; significant extracurricular activities while an undergraduate or graduate student; community activities; work experience; and personal obstacles that may have interfered with the realization of the applicant's full potential and personal achievements.
Requirements For Admission
Applying for admission to St. John's University School of Law requires a baccalaureate degree granted by a fully accredited institution. Taking the LSAT is also a requirement. Applicants for admission in the fall semester should take the LSAT no later than February.
The School of Law participates in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which simplifies admission procedures. Submitting a School of Law application requires registering for the LSAT and with the CAS. To register for the LSAT and CAS, please contact the Law School Admissions Council at:
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at www.ncbex.org. Admission to law school does not guarantee that you will meet the good moral character requirement necessary to sit for a state bar examination or to be admitted to practice. If you are concerned about any facts that may affect your ability to be admitted to practice law, you should discuss the matter with the Board of Law Examiners or the appropriate Committee on Character and Fitness in the jurisdiction in which you intend to practice.
Graduates of Foreign Undergraduate Institutions Applying for a JD
St. John’s University School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. (The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.)
The LSAC JD CAS service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. To use the JD CAS, log in to your LSAC online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
The Elements of a Completed Application
An application file is considered complete when the School of Law has received the following:
- A completed St. John's University School of Law application
- $60 application fee
- A personal statement
- A CAS report
- A minimum of 2 (maximum 3) letters of recommendation
The Committee on Admissions will consider up to three letters of recommendation. Recommendations from college instructors familiar with the applicant's academic work are most helpful; however, applicants who have been away from the classroom for several years might choose to submit recommendations from employers, supervisors or business associates. The Admissions Committee prefers that letters of recommendation be sent as part of your Law Services report; however, they may also be included with your application in a sealed envelope, with the seal signed by the recommender. Alternatively, recommenders may send them directly to the Office of Admissions.
Optional Video Interview
St. John's Law has always recognized that our students are more than the sum of their LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. Unfortunately, the traditional admissions process does not always fully measure certain intangible qualities that often determine success in law school and legal practice. To address this deficiency we invite applicants to complete an optional video interview after the application is submitted. This process allows applicants to record responses to five questions which will be viewed later by the admissions committee during the review of the application. This is a unique opportunity to provide additional information about yourself and demonstrate those personal attributes we consider important, but may not already be apparent in your application. This video interview will complement the Law School's holistic approach to the application review process.
The School of Law offers deferred admission in only a small number of cases, and only for good cause. Therefore, most applicants accepted in one year will have to reapply for consideration in subsequent years. A request for Deferred Admissions must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or an Admissions Counselor.
Red Storm Scholars Special Admission Program (for St. John's undergraduate students)
St. John’s University Undergraduate Students Only may apply to St. John’s Law School without taking the LSAT provided they meet the following requirements:
- Must be a St. John’s University Undergraduate student
- Must have an SAT or ACT score greater than or equal to the 85th percentile.
- Must have an undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.5 at the end of the 6th semester.
- Must NOT take the LSAT at any time. Applicants entering through the Red Storm Scholars Special Admissions Program who ignore this requirement and take the LSAT will have their admissions offer reconsidered with their LSAT Score.
- The Red Storm Scholars application deadline is February 1.
SJU undergraduates may apply during the senior year or during the junior year in combination with the 3+3 joint degree program. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to St. John’s Law School. Students admitted under this program are awarded a half tuition scholarship. For additional information please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 718-990-6474.
BA/BS/JD Joint Degree Program (for St. John's undergraduate students)
Combined St. John's University undergraduate ( B.A., B.S.) and St. John's Law School degree programs are offered by two divisions at St. John's University — St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies. 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 may also participate in the combined program and be admitted through the Red Storm Scholars program. Interested students should contact their pre-law advisor for additional information.
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