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Legal Studies, Associate of Science / Bachelor of Laws

Overview

St. John’s has an agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London, that allows qualified students who complete the St. John’s Associate’s Degree in Legal Studies to count courses taken as part of that associate’s degree toward the Goldsmiths Bachelor of Law (LLB) Degree, thereby allowing qualified students to earn two legal degrees in four years: an associate’s degree in legal studies from St. John’s University; and an LLB from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

This AS/LLB pathway program is ideal for students who:

  • Want to split their four-year college education between two of the most dynamic cities in the world—New York and London—each with one of the largest legal markets in the world.
  • Want two years of legal course work at St. John’s before attempting the rigorous Goldsmiths LLB program. 
  • Want two years of legal coursework in the rigorous Goldsmiths LLB program before attempting a rigorous U.S. JD program. 

Students apply to St. John’s and to Goldsmiths separately.  Students first apply to St. John’s University, and enter the St. John’s associate’s degree program in legal studies. Interested students in the St. John’s associate’s degree program in legal studies then apply to Goldsmiths in the second year of study at St. John’s. 

The St. John’s Legal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Education Program.  And graduates of the legal studies program are given a paralegal certificate that can be used to obtain work after college.  Legal assistants and paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.  Information about St. John’s Associate’s Degree in Legal Studies can be found here

Goldsmiths is a part of the prestigious University of London system.  The Goldsmiths Department of Law offers three LLB options for students to choose from: LLB (Hons) Law; LLB (Hons) Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights; and LLB (Hons) Law with Politics and Human Rights. 

More information about Goldsmiths can be found here.  More information about the Goldsmiths Department of Law and its LLB programs can be found here.  Information about applying to Goldsmiths can be found here.  And, information about studying at Goldsmiths as an international student can be found here.

Students who complete an LLB at Goldsmiths and who meet the other requirements set by the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority have the ability to sit for the U.K. Solicitors Qualifying Examination.  Students who complete a U.K. LLB program generally will not be eligible to sit for a U.S. bar exam without also completing a U.S. LLM degree.  Students who want to sit for a U.S. bar exam without also completing a U.S. JD program should consult the rules regarding foreign legal education of their state’s board of bar examiners.

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