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.

English Proficiency Tests
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in Transnatioanl 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.

Learn more about these requirements on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

American Legal Education
Introduction to American Legal Education is an intensive five-week summer course designed for students entering St. John’s LL.M. programs 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. 

Learn more about the summer course on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

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 2015-16 application:

Read the full list of application requirements on the Office of Transnational Programs site.

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:

Margaret E. (Peggy) McGuinness
Director, LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice
Professor of Law
J.D., Stanford Law School

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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