Transnational Legal Practice, LL.M.

24 Credits
School of Law
Queens Campus


When Becoming a Global Attorney Matters to You
The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program at St. John’s School of Law is designed to train U.S. and foreign attorneys in the rapidly expanding cross-border practice of law, to educate global attorneys within the New York City legal community ― the center of global legal practice ― and to enhance non-native English speaking attorneys’ skills in practicing law in English, the lingua franca of the global legal profession.

As a student in this two-semester, 24-credit program, you will:

  • Learn from some of New York’s best academic lawyers and most experienced practicing international attorneys.
  • Live in New York City, the financial, cultural and commercial capital of the U.S. and the world, as well as the center of transnational legal practice globally.
  • Prepare yourself for success in the global legal profession in a program focused on getting you ready to meet the challenges of 21st century cross-border legal practice.
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Admission to the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice LL.M. program at St. John’s School of Law is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship as well as professional achievements will be considered. The LL.M. Program is designed to have a limited enrollment in order to enrich the quality of the experience for each LL.M. candidate.

Any American or foreign law school graduate holding a first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school or a foreign law school recognized in the country where founded and located.

Tests (English proficiency)
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in Transnational Legal Practice, it is essential that all students have a high level of comprehension and oral and written expression in the English language. Foreign graduates (other than students from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test prior to applying.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Requirements
Minimum score required

  • 600 paper-based score
  • 250 computer-based score
  • 100 Internet-Based

In addition, the following minimum scores are required

  • 5 TWE (Test of Written English) component
  • 26 Reading and listening subsections
  • 22 Writing subsection of the IBT (internet-based test)

The TOEFL score report codes for St. John’s Law School are 2799 for the institution and 03 for the department. Applicants should contact:

P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6155
Telephone: (609) 921-9000
P.O. Box 1109,
6801 BC Arnhem,
The Netherlands, 31263521577

All TOEFL scores are to be sent to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) as indicated on the LSAC website.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Requirements
Foreign law school graduates may alternatively decide to take the IELTS test. There is no preference for one over the other. The minimum score required is 7.0

For additional information applicants should contact:

IELTS International
825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90041
P (323) 255-2771
F (323) 255-1261

The TOEFL or the IELTS must be taken before submitting the application. Please note that we are unable to accept scores that are 2 or more years old.

American Legal English Intensive Program
American Legal English is an intensive five-week summer course designed for students entering St. John’s LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies who are not native English speakers.  The course’s aim is to familiarize these students with the U.S. legal system and its vocabulary, thereby enabling them to participate more effectively in their studies in the LL.M. Program.

In the course, students review, discuss, and outline U.S. statutes and cases in various subject areas, including torts, contracts, and civil procedure.  Through daily lectures, readings, written assignments, class discussions, and in-class exercises, students develop their ability to communicate orally and in writing about U.S. law.

The class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. four days a week, with breaks in the morning and for lunch.  Each class begins with a formal session with the course’s professor, followed by more informal sessions with the course’s teaching assistants, who discuss the material covered in the professor’s session and help students prepare for upcoming classes and assignments.

Students are encouraged to take our Intensive American Legal English Program conducted by Professor Bob Ruescher. Students with TOEFL scores of 85 – 99 may at our discretion be admitted on condition that they enroll in and successfully complete the Advanced Legal English course at St. John’s School of Law. The program begins Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and ends Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and runs Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

LLM in Transnational Legal Practice Application
The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program is designed to provide advanced practice and subject-matter instruction to recent U.S. and foreign law graduates and young practictioners seeking to expand their careers in transnational practice.

Apply to the  LL.M. Program in Transnational Legal Practice

Prospective LL.M. students may apply to the program two ways:
(1) Online at  Law School Admission Council (LSAC), or,
(2) By completing and returning the following forms.

Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your 2014-15 application:

Please mail application and forms directly to:

St. John's University
School of Law
Office of Transnational Programs
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, N.Y. 11439

Copies of Application Materials
Please retain copies of all correspondence for your records. All application materials submitted become the property of St. John's School of Law and can not be returned. Include your social security number or Visa number if applicable on any information submitted in connection with your application.

Special Mail Deliveries
For all packages sent via express services that require a signature, please include instructions that the package is to be delivered to Suite 3-01 of the Law School. Packages can only be accepted Monday through Friday.

For more information about applying to the LL.M. Program in Transnational Legal Practice at St. John's School of Law, please contact us.

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD). This fee is not credited toward the payment of the tuition should the applicant be accepted.

Methods of Payment
You may pay by check payable to St. John's University or by credit card (see form attached) or with an international money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to St. John’s University in U.S. dollars. Please do not send cash.

Any applicant who has applied within the previous two years may submit a letter requesting that his or her application be re-activated. You need not submit a second application fee.

Additional Requirements

With your documentation, please provide an updated resume.

Two (2) Recommendation Letters
These letters should be provided by someone who knows your professional skills and legal abilities. A law professor, a law firm partner or a work supervisor can be excellent references.

Writing sample
Please provide a writing sample of not less than 250 words.
Personal Statement
Please provide a personal statement (of any length) explaining the following:

  • How did you obtain information about St. John’s School of Law and about the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates?
  • Why you are interested in this LL.M. program?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • How do you intend to pursue your goals?
  • How would you like to develop your career after graduation?

Transcipts must be either submitted to the Office of Transnational Programs for review.  If the transcripts are not already in English, an English translation must be provided.

Personal Interview
Please note that a personal or telephone interview during the admission procedure is required and will be scheduled by the Office of Transnational Programs. Be sure to submit accurate contact information.

For additional information about program admission, please contact us.

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Additional Information

The St. John’s School of Law faculty strongly supports the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program, with some of our most experienced and highly regarded tenured faculty members teaching both core and elective courses.  

The program faculty includes:

Christopher J. Borgen
Associate Dean for International Studies
Professor of Law
J.D. New York University School of Law

Jeffrey K. Walker
Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
LL.M. Harvard Law School
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center

To learn more about the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program faculty, please contact us.


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