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U.S. Legal Studies LL.M.

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The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies 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. Part-time and full-time schedules are available, depending on visa status. Courses are offered at our beautiful Queens, New York, campus. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for updates about course formats and online availability.

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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 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.

Practical Experience

Starting in the second semester, LL.M. students have the opportunity to intern for academic credit. Our dedicated career advisor helps students develop a professional network, develop job application materials, and prepare for interviews, for positions during their course of study and after graduation. Many students also take advantage of summer work opportunities. Note work opportunities vary depending on student visa status, among other factors.


Students in the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies can choose from a wide variety of courses taught by some of our most experienced and highly regarded tenured faculty members. Our faculty know what it takes to pass the bar exam and assist you in every way to succeed. We recommend that our students take elective courses in subjects heavily tested on the New York bar exam. Distinctive features of American law, like the jury system in civil trials, make Civil Procedure and Evidence often unfamiliar subjects for foreign-trained lawyers and important subjects for bar study. The Introduction to U.S. Law course is designed to help students acquire the study skills necessary for success in doctrinal and legal writing courses, with an emphasis on areas in which United States law is distinct from that of many other nations.

To learn more about the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program faculty, please contact us.