Bankruptcy, LL.M.

30 Credits
School of Law
Queens Campus

Overview

Located in New York, the center of bankruptcy practice, St. John’s is at the center of bankruptcy education.  Our LL.M. in Bankruptcy degree program is the nation's only LL.M. program devoted to bankruptcy law.  This highly successful program offers a wide array of specialized bankruptcy courses taught by leading practitioners, judges and academics. Our graduates practice with top firms and clerk for influential judges throughout the country.  The LL.M. program is only one part of the nation's most extensive bankruptcy program -- a program that also includes the leading bankruptcy journal, the national bankruptcy moot court competition, and the national bankruptcy mediation training program.

The LL.M. in Bankruptcy degree program is intensive and rigorous. It requires the completion of 30 credits, including a publishable thesis on a significant bankruptcy topic.  The program combines academic rigor with a practice-oriented approach that is designed to produce bankruptcy attorneys with the skills, the ambition and the knowledge to become leaders in the insolvency field. Students are permitted to take the program full-time (one year) or part-time (two to three years), entering in either the fall or spring semesters. 

The ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog and the St. John’s Bankruptcy Research Library offer current research on bankruptcy’s most cutting edge cases and issues.

You can also view our Placement Data and Comments from recent graduates. 

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Courses

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Admission

Application Procedure and Forms

Student Selection Standards
The student body will be limited to outstanding candidates who have the capacity to handle a rigorous academic curriculum. Acceptance will be based on the individual’s performance at undergraduate and law schools, experience in practice (where applicable), published and unpublished written work, and, where appropriate, personal interviews. Particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant having achieved an outstanding academic record in obtaining a Juris Doctor from an accredited A.B.A. law school and on the applicant’s employment history and documented promise in the practice of bankruptcy law. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted by an appropriate LL.M. program faculty committee in concert with the law school Faculty Admissions Committee and the Dean of Admissions.

Rolling Admissions and Application Deadline
Students may commence the program either in the Fall or Spring terms. We use a rolling admissions process and consider applications as they come in and make every effort to inform you of our decision as soon as possible after receipt of your completed application. An application is considered complete when the School of Law has received the following:

  • Completed & signed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from law school (including class rank) and  undergraduate schools attended**
  • LSAT Score (a copy of the front sheet of the applicant’s LSDAS report, indicating his/her LSAT score provided by Law School)
  • Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)

Students will be expected to submit at least two letters of recommendation with the application, directed to the student’s capacity to handle the intensive program contemplated, preferably from one faculty member and, where appropriate, one practicing insolvency professional with whom the applicant was employed. In addition, the student must submit a personal statement explaining why the applicant desires to enroll and how the applicant believes the program will advance his or her career goals and objectives. The statement should be written in a clear, concise manner, reflecting the applicant’s personal writing style, and be approximately 250 to 500 words. Students may supplement these materials with published or unpublished work written by the student or other information or material the applicant believes may be helpful in the selection process.

A prospective student may apply online or by sending the completed application to:

LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program
St. John’s School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway - Room 301
Queens, N.Y. 11439

LL.M. Bankruptcy Scholarships

Dean's Merit Scholarship
Partial scholarships are available to LL.M. in Bankruptcy students. Scholarships are awarded based on the individual’s credentials, potential for success and need. Students interested in applying for such scholarships must complete the Scholarship Application form and submit it with their applications.  A scholarship request has no impact on the admission decision, but due to budget planning needs, scholarship requests not included with the application are not likely to be granted. 

ABI Scholarship
The American Bankruptcy Institute currently awards a $15,000 annual scholarship to a student in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program. The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students wishing to apply for the ABI Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

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**Online applicants must also have their  official transcripts from law school (including class rank) and undergraduate schools sent to the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program, as well as submitting them through LSAC

Students will be expected to submit at least two letters of recommendation with the application, directed to the student’s capacity to handle the intensive program contemplated, preferably from one faculty member and, where appropriate, one practicing insolvency professional with whom the applicant was employed. In addition, the student must submit a personal statement explaining why the applicant desires to enroll and how the applicant believes the program will advance his or her career goals and objectives. The statement should be written in a clear, concise manner, reflecting the applicant’s personal writing style, and be approximately 250 to 500 words. Students may supplement these materials with published or unpublished work written by the student or other information or material the applicant believes may be helpful in the selection process.

Foreign Applicants:  The New York bar examination has often been the choice for foreign-educated lawyers who complete an LL.M. program at an ABA-accredited law school. In April 2011, changes were made to the eligibility requirements that become effective August 2012. Eligibility requirements for the New York bar examination found at nybarexam.org.

Application Fees

Each application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $100.

Acceptance Fees
In addition, acceptance fees are required of all applicants and are credited toward tuition if the applicant enrolls. Acceptance fees are due on the date specified in the letter of acceptance. Acceptance fees are as follows:

  • First acceptance fee - $300
    Due within three weeks of acceptance unless a different date is specified in the acceptance letter.
  • Second acceptance fee - $800
    Due within one month from the due date of the first acceptance fee unless a different date is specified in the acceptance letter.
    Acceptance fees will be applied towards the student’s tuition. They are non-refundable if the student does not enroll in the program.

Tuition (2014/2015 Academic Year)

  • Full-time student (one year): $51,480* ($1,716 per credit)
  • Part-time students: $1,716 per credit
  • Tuition will be the full-time tuition in effect divided by 30 for each credit taken.

There is an additional late payment fee of $300 and a $5 Official Transcript Fee.

* subject to adjustment by the Board of Trustees

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Career Outcomes

Here are just some of the successful attorneys who are graduates of St. John's School of Law's LL.M. in Bankruptcy program. You can also view our Placement Data and Comments from recent graduates. 

Shan Haider ‘13
Associate
Perkins & Coie LLP
Bill D. Bensinger ‘05
Shareholder
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell
& Berkowitz, PC
Emil Khatchatourian ‘13
Associate
Foley & Lardner LLP
Daniel Morse ‘05
Assistant US Trustee
Office of the US Trustee, Region 19
Leah Edelboim '12
Associate
Clifford Chance
Alexander Strom ‘04
Associate
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP
Janel M. Glynn '12
Associate
Gallagher & Kennedy P.A.
Sara Joos ‘03
Bloomberg LP
Ashleigh Blaylock‘11
Counsel
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert Yan ‘03
Associate
Farrell Fritz, PC
Catherine Thompson ‘11
Associate
Kelly Drye & Warren LLP
Kristin K. Going ‘02
Partner
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Grant Cartwright ‘10
Associate
Ballard Spahr LLP
Heath Rosenblat ’02
Counsel
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Patrick D. Fleming ‘09
Associate
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Justin G. Brass ‘01
Jefferies & Company
John W. McDonnell ‘09
Partner
McDonnell Crowley, LLC
Douglas E. Deutsch ‘01
Partner
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Michael Sousa ‘08
Assistant Director Business and Commerical
Law Program and Assistant Professor
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Jeffrey D. Vanacore ‘01
Counsel
Perkins Coie LLP
Paul R. Hage ‘07
Partner
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.
Graham H. Stieglitz ‘00
Partner
Burr and Forman LLP
Timothy E. Graulich ‘06
Partner
Davis Polk & Wardell LLP
 
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Additional Information

23rd Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition

St. John's School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute are pleased to sponsor the 23rd Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Learn more about the competition.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) 

Attorneys and other insolvency professionals can earn CLE credit by taking courses through the Law School's LL.M. in Bankruptcy program.

You may take up to two LL.M. in Bankruptcy Courses for CLE credit per academic semester. You will receive 14 CLE non-transitional credits (including 1 ethics credit) for each academic credit taken. The cost is $1,716 per academic credit.

CLE attendees are required to participate in the class and attend regularly in order to get your CLE certificate upon completion of the course. CLE attendees do not take the final examination at the end of the course and do not receive academic credit for attending.  

To learn more about upcoming Continuing Legal Education opportunities offered through the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program at St. John's School of Law, please contact us.

Contact Us

Yvette Gutierrez
Director of Bankruptcy Programs 
718-990-1923
yvette.gutierrez@stjohns.edu

Full-Time Faculty

G. Ray WarnerJacob L. TodresKeith Sharfman
Robert M. ZinmanRichard Lieb 

Adjunct Faculty

Diana G. Adams
Lawrence R. Ahern, III
Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein
Richard F. Broude
Hon. Kevin J. Carey
John Collen
Hon. Francis G. Conrad
Brian T. Crowley
Hon. Melanie Cyganowski
Douglas Deutsch
Hon. Robert D. Drain
Ford Elsaesser
Robert J. Feinstein
Hon. James Garrity, Jr.
Christopher F. Graham
William C. Heuer
Henry E. Hildebrand, III
Dillon E. Jackson
Richardo Kilpatrick
Erik Klingenberg
Lawrence F. Landgraff
Jay Larry
John M. McDonnell
Hon. Cecelia G. Morri
Alec P. Ostrow
Nancy B. Rapoport
Adam L. Rosen
Heath Rosenblat
Lynn M. Ryan
Hon. Brendan Linehan Shannon
Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong
Hon. Alan S. Trust
Mahesh Uttamchandani
Daniel J. Ventricelli
Hon. Mary F. Walrath
Thomas J. Weber

Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

The Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. Approximately 60 law school teams participate, making this the largest single site appellate moot court competition.
Learn more about the competition »

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