Why St. John's Law
Discover the Law
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.
Learn by Doing
At St. John’s Law, you will find many opportunities to learn the practice of law by doing. Experiential learning 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.
“ St. John’s does a good job of making your education real from day one. Our professors definitely teach us, ‘This is the law, and this is how it will matter to a client.’ So you constantly hear that real-world piece.”
Build Your Legal Skills
No matter what career path you take as a lawyer, you must be able to speak and write clearly, concisely and cogently. At St. John’s Law, we make the teaching of these skills a top priority.
Engage with the Profession
At St. John’s Law, you will find faculty interested in everything from admiralty law to zoology law. We have eight centers that bring together faculty, students and practicing lawyers to engage specific areas of the law. Each center can help you to gain a broad perspective on issues that matter to you and, in doing so, to define and advance your career strategy. The centers offer courses, conferences, symposia and speakers’ series; they affiliate with student organizations, law journals and competitions; and they provide resources for externships, clinical placements and networking.
Launch Your Career
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.
My professor immediately set up a dinner for us with a St. John’s Law alum and his wife, who works at The Auschwitz Institute. That led to internships and to my current position here—looking back, I can see every step.”Samantha Horn ’11
The Paths They Chose
Our students chart varied paths to the legal profession. Many come to the Law School with a career vision—sometimes a general notion, sometimes a clear direction. Others arrive without any idea of the path they want to take. In either case, at St. John’s Law they find the support and resources they need to choose a direction and build a life in the law.