U.S. Legal Studies, LL.M.

24 Credits
School of Law
Queens Campus

Overview

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:

  • Two credits of Introduction to U.S. Law
  • Five credits of U.S. Legal Analysis, Writing and Research
  • Three credits of Professional Responsibility

You will also earn fourteen 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. We strongly recommend that all or most of these credits be taken in subjects tested on the New York Bar Exam. 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 Exam. 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.

General Inquiries

usls@stjohns.edu

Jeffrey K. Walker
Associate Dean for Transnational Programs
walkerj@stjohns.edu
718-990-8335

Shykina Sherwood
Coordinator, Transnational Programs
sherwoos@stjohns.edu

 

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Courses

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Admission

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.

Eligibility
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.

English Proficiency Tests
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.

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

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).

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.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year is US$2,145 per credit.

Scholarships
We offer a limited number of scholarships based on merit. Scholarship criteria include academic performance, experience in practice (where applicable), published and unpublished written work, and personal interview.

Emphasis will be placed on the applicant having achieved an outstanding academic record in law school and on the applicant's employment history.

Candidates wishing to apply for a scholarship should submit a scholarship application form together with their application.

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:

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

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.

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Additional Information

The St. John’s School of Law faculty strongly supports the LL.M. in United States Legal Studies 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 United States Legal Studies program faculty, please contact us.

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