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LL.M. Application Requirements

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 Payment Form) 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.

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. Your writing sample should be the best legal writing you have done. For example, you can translate part of a legal document that you have written.

Personal Statement
Foreign Educated Applicants:

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?
  • Why are you 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?

U.S. Educated Applicants:
Please provide a personal statement explaining why the applicant desires to enroll and how the applicant believes the program will advance his or her career goals and objectives. The statement should be written in a clear, concise manner, reflecting the applicant’s personal writing style, and be approximately 250 to 500 words. Students may supplement these materials with published or unpublished work written by the student or other information or material the applicant believes may be helpful in the selection process.

English Proficiency Tests (required for foreign educated applicants)
Because of the rigorous nature of the Graduate Programs at St. John's School of Law, 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 Graduate Studies site.

Official transcripts are required for each undergraduate, graduate, and law school attended. Submit official transcripts with an English translation, along with your application directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Reminder: Additional original transcripts are required when registering with LSAC. Transcripts for summer school courses or study abroad programs recorded in the transcripts need not be supplied.

Degree Certificate
If the official transcript does not clearly state the degree awarded and/or the date such degree was awarded, you must also furnish the degree certificate.

Personal Interview (required for foreign educated applicants)
Please note that a personal or telephone interview during the admission procedure is required and will be scheduled by the Office of Graduate Studies. Be sure to submit accurate contact information.

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.

Please mail application and forms directly to:

St. John's University
School of Law
Office of Graduate Studies
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.