U.S. Legal Studies, LL.M.
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates at St. John’s School of Law is a focused program of study tailored to give you the knowledge and skills you need to pass the New York Bar Exam and succeed in practice in this important jurisdiction. As a participant in the two-semester LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program, you will earn 24 credits, including:
- Three credits of Introduction to the American Legal System
- Five credits of U.S. Legal Analysis, Writing and Research
- Two credits of Professional Responsibility
You will also earn nine credits taking courses in subjects covered on the New York Bar Exam, as well as other courses offered in the Law School’s J.D. program. All LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies classes are held at the Law School, situated on St. John’s University’s scenic and dynamic Queens campus. We offer classes during the day and in the evening, full-time and part-time, accommodating a variety of student schedules.
Your Keys to the New York Bar
New York is home to the world’s preeminent law firms and to leading attorneys in every practice area. It is the legal profession’s hub and heart. The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates at St. John’s School of Law is designed for one purpose: to get you ready to pass the New York Bar Exam and to gain admission to practice law in this unrivaled jurisdiction.
As a student in this program, you will:
- Learn from some of New York’s best academic lawyers and most experienced practicing attorneys
- Live in New York City, the financial, cultural and commercial capital of the U.S. and a true World City
- Prepare yourself for the Bar Exam in a program focused closely on getting you ready to meet this challenge
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies at St. John’s offers you these and many more keys to a rewarding legal career in New York and to the world of practice opportunities you can access as a New York lawyer.
Study What You Need and Where You Need It
LL.M. programs across the U.S. claim to qualify students to take the New York Bar Exam. But if passing the New York Bar Exam is your goal, why go anywhere but St. John’s, a thriving law school in New York City? As a St. John’s LL.M. student, you can take courses in New York Practice and New York Criminal Procedure taught by experts in the field, giving you a clear edge over students who study outside New York.
From the first day of our program, we integrate bar exam preparation into your coursework. For example, in our U.S. Legal Analysis, Writing and Research class, you practice writing essays through exercises drawn directly from past New York Bar Exams. This course also includes practice in completing the Bar Exam’s Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Our Introduction to U.S. Law course offers instruction in the six Multistate Bar Exam subjects as well as other areas of law covered by the New York Essays portion of the Bar Exam.
After completing the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies curriculum, you will possess all the tools you need to pass the New York Bar Exam – how you use those tools is up to you.
We welcome your inquiries about the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program at St. John’s School of Law.
Jeffrey K. Walker
Associate Dean for Transnational Programs
Coordinator, Transnational Programs
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Admission to the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies 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 foreign law school graduate holding a law degree (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from a non-U.S. law school recognized in the country where founded and located.
Tests (English proficiency)
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies, 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
CITO/SYLVAN Learning Systems
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:
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
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 Monday, July 9, 2012 and ends Tuesday, August 7, 2012 and runs Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Application
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies is designed for Foreign Graduates who demonstrate academic achievement comparable to that of U.S. law school graduates. In order to complete the application process, all foreign students must register through LL.M. Credentials Assembly Service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
Apply to the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal studies
Prospective students can now download the 2014-15 application forms for the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal studies.
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 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 Room 1-18D of the Law School. Packages can only be accepted Monday through Friday.
For more information about applying to the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program at St. John's School of Law, please contact us.
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.
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.
Please provide a writing sample of not less than 250 words.
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?
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.
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.Back to top