College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
The Legal Studies Program at St. John’s University prepares students for law school, graduate school or entry-level employment in law-related fields by:
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program have obtained positions in government agencies, in the Federal and State court systems, in private and non-profit organizations and in large and small law firms.
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program have been accepted at major accredited law schools, including NYU, Georgetown, George Washington, Emory, Temple, Pace, Fordham, Hofstra, Brooklyn and St. John's, among others.
Students in the Legal Studies Program also have obtained internships in Federal and State Courts, in City, State and Federal politicians’ offices, in District Attorney's Offices, at the Legal Aid Society, at Queens Volunteer Legal Services, at the St John's University School of Law Securities Arbitration Clinic and in private law offices.
The Legal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Education Program. Legal assistants and paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
Admission Office - Queens Campus718-990-2000[email protected]
Admission Office - Staten Island campus718-390-4500[email protected]
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies requires the completion of 120 credits of coursework.
Required Coursework: 15 Credits from the following courses:
The Legal Studies Required Courses lay an important foundation by teaching the core college competencies of research, writing and analytical thinking through the analysis of legal problems and by teaching the ethical and legal constraints that legal professionals practice under.
Students are encouraged to complete the Legal Studies Major Area Required Courses in their first two years at St. John’s. Ideally, students will complete LES 1100 in their first semester at St. John’s, LES 1101 and 1015 in their second semester at St. John’s and LES 1102 and 1004 in their third or fourth semesters at St. John’s. LES 1100 is a prerequisite for all Legal Studies courses. LES 1100 and 1101 are prerequisites for LES 1102.
In the Legal Studies elective courses, students learn about legal practice in particular areas of the law.
Elective Coursework: 21 Credits selected from the following, including at least 3 credits of “Legal Specialty Electives”:
* With permission of the Director
** Legal Specialty Elective
3 Credits from one of the following courses:
36 Credits from the following courses:
Modern Foreign Language/Cultural Studies: 6 Credits from: either (i) one foreign language or (ii) both ART 1000C and LAC 1000C.
21 Credits from the following courses:
21 Credits of Free Electives.
Many students choose to take a minor or to double major. Courses toward such minor or double major could count toward this free elective requirement.
Students explore the legal, ethical, practical and theoretical foundations of the law. After completing the Legal Studies program student should be able to:
Students explore the legal, ethical, and constitutional foundations of the field and learn managerial, organizational, research and writing skills. Among other things, students learn the following methodologies:
Legal assistants and paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
In addition to working with respected scholar-practitioner faculty in the classroom, Legal Studies students can participate in many other learning activities.
Student Organizations. Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs, organizations and honor societies at St. John's, including these:
Information about our student organizations can be found here.
Internships. As suggested above, many students complete internships while at St. John’s and the faculty and career services personnel are available to help students with the process of obtaining internships. Students who want assistance with resumes, cover letters and navigating the SJU database of internships should contact Jaime Grillo in Career Services at [email protected]. Students on the Queens Campus who have an internship and would like to discuss receiving academic credit for that internship should contact Professor Mary Noe at [email protected]. Students on the Staten Island Campus who have an internship and would like to discuss receiving academic credit for that internship should contact Professor Ellen Boegel at [email protected].
The Legal Apprentice. Many students publish articles in The Legal Apprentice, an undergraduate legal journal for law articles written by SJU college students. Additional information about the Legal Apprentice, including model articles, deadlines and submission guidelines can be found here.
The St. John’s University Intercollegiate Mock Trial Team. The Mock Trial Team is coached by Legal Studies Faculty and regularly competes at regional and national intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournaments. The Mock Trial Team has made it to the National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament 20+ times in the past 25 years. Information about the team can be found here. Be on the lookout for information about tryouts each fall.
Law School/Graduate School and Dual Degree Programs. Many Legal Studies Students are interested in law school or graduate school and ultimately attend law school or graduate school. In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, there are a number of additional opportunities available to these students.
For more information about the Legal Studies Program contact Prof. James Croft on the Queens Campus at [email protected] or Prof. Ellen Boegel on the Staten Island Campus at [email protected].
All St. John's students benefit from the University's many outstanding facilities and resources. Computer laboratories contain sophisticated PC and Mac workstations with a full range of the latest academic software packages.
High-tech classrooms and lecture halls feature sophisticated multimedia equipment. Lounges and quiet study areas enhance the research experience in our 1.7 million-volume University Library. The 127,000-square-foot D’Angelo Center, the new University and Student Center, features high-tech classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, full service food court as well as lounges and study areas.
Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.