Transnational Studies in a Global City
As a New York City academic institution, St. John’s School of Law sits at the commercial, cultural and legal crossroads of the world. And St. John’s is a great choice for both aspiring lawyers and those who already have a law degree who want to prepare themselves for the practice of law in an increasingly interconnected global legal market. The legal world is both shrinking and flattening – and through its Office of Transnational Programs, St. John’s School of Law offers its students ample opportunities to train for this global profession.
Graduate Programs for Global Lawyers
St. John’s School of Law offers outstanding LL.M. (Master of Laws ) programs for both American and foreign-trained attorneys. Our graduate law programs include:
LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law
A joint degree program offered with the Madrid-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE), this unique LL.M. program is designed specifically for lawyers with a passion for sports and a strong desire to practice in this challenging and dynamic area of the law. Open to American and foreign law graduates, this program comprises one semester of intense and focused academics, followed by a semester of practice placement with sports law firms, agencies, regulatory bodies, leagues, or teams.
LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice
A degree program designed for both American and foreign-trained attorneys seeking advanced training for transnational practice. With concentration tracks in public international legal practice, cross-border transactions, or transnational dispute resolution, students may also design their own course of study to meet their professional needs and personal interests.
LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies
A very focused LL.M. program designed specifically to prepare foreign-trained lawyers with the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and pass the New York Bar Examination. For foreign-trained lawyers wishing to practice in New York permanently or to enter transnational practice in their home jurisdiction, admission to the New York Bar is essential. While some law schools use qualification to sit the New York Bar as a marketing hook for their generic LL.M. programs, St. John’s objective is specifically to assist you in every way possible in your goal of passing the Bar Examination and gaining admission to the New York Bar.
Transnational Studies for J.D. Students
Summer Study Abroad
St. John’s School of Law hosts month-long programs each summer at the University’s beautiful Rome and Paris campuses, each located in the heart of one of the Great Cities of Europe. Students with an interest in international and comparative law – or simply wanting to expand their legal education experience overseas – will find no better programs.
We justifiably pride ourselves on our strong reputation for preparing young lawyers for the practice of law, and our transnational programs also provide experiential learning opportunities for J.D. students. For the 2012-2013 academic year, two students will be doing five-month practicum placements with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Mons, Belgium. Additional overseas practica will be added in the 2013-2104 academic year and beyond.
Glasgow Academic Exchange
The academic exchange with Glasgow University Law School offers students another exciting opportunity for semester-long study abroad. Under the Glasgow Academic Exchange Program, St. John’s will host the most highly qualified students from Glasgow, while similarly talented and committed St. John’s Law students may sample the intellectual and cultural riches that Glasgow Law School offers. Currently enrolled and matriculated J.D. students who are in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.2 may apply for the Glasgow Academic Exchange Program.
Dean's Travel Study Program - Ireland
The 2015 Dean’s Travel Study program will be to Ireland from January 5 to January 15.This unique travel study course provides selected second-, third-, and fourth-year students the opportunity to experience the Irish culture and legal system through travel study to that country. This represents a remarkably accessible opportunity to gain substantive comparative knowledge of Ireland – the subject of the first extension of England’s common law legal system outside Great Britain, as well as the home of one of Europe’s oldest legal traditions, the Brehon law. The course includes guest lectures by law professors, judges, and lawyers in Ireland. It also includes historical “walking lectures” to the sites of some of the most important events in Irish history. The travel portion will include stays in Belfast, Galway, Kerry, Cork, and Dublin, as well as visits to academic, governmental, and legal institutions. Grading will be based on a written essay to be accomplished upon return.
Submit a completed application no later than October 27, 2014.
Other Transnational Programs
Global Law Fellows
The Dean welcomes up to 12 visiting foreign research fellows to St. John’s School of Law each semester. Whether final year undergraduate, masters, or doctoral law students from foreign universities, St. John’s is proud to welcome such promising young scholars from around the world to our academic community and to New York City.
For more information on the Office of Transnational Programs at St. John’s School of Law and our array of offerings, please contact us.
Jeffrey K. Walker
Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
Director of Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
Office of Transnational Programs
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