St. John's Law Students: Ready for the Profession
At St. John’s School of Law, our students learn the fundamentals of practicing law while developing the specialized knowledge and skills new lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly evolving legal profession:
- Critical thinking
- Effective communication with clients
- Professional and business development
- Time management
- Problem solving
As they progress through the Law School’s unique writing curriculum, our students learn how to draft motions, briefs, memos, and other documents that are the cornerstones of real world legal practice, enhancing their ability to make immediate and positive contributions in a range of business and practice settings.
The law is an ever-changing profession, and law students have to be adaptable. In addition to receiving all the benefits of a traditional law school education, St. John’s students take innovative courses that prepare them to be capable problem solvers and strong advocates for their clients. In their second year, students choose from a wide array of core elective courses representing a range of career pathways. For their final year, they continue to focus their legal education in practice-oriented courses.
Sampling of Practice-Oriented Courses
Family Violence and Sexual Assault
International Business Transactions
Local Government Law
New York Criminal Practice
Real Estate Transactions
St. John’s Law faculty members are not only outstanding scholars, they are experienced lawyers who have a real sense of what students need to succeed in the profession.
Vincent C. Alexander
Charles M. Sparacio Professor of Law
"Employers can be confident when they hire St. John's law graduates that they will be enriching their staffs with well-rounded lawyers who have had broad exposure to fundamental legal doctrine and who have the energy and drive to apply what they have learned in a professional manner. They are sensitive to the needs and concerns of their fellow students and carry this concern into their representation of clients."
Learning Beyond the Classroom
As any lawyer knows, there is no substitute for learning by doing. In addition to providing an engaging curriculum, the Law School is home to nine student-run journals as well as hands-on advocacy and dispute resolution programs. Our students also gain practical training through our externship program and our in-house and partner clinics, where they take the lead on real cases. Our eight academic centers benefit students by offering forums for exploring practice areas, opportunities to participate in conferences and symposia, and avenues for collaborating with practitioners on research and writing projects.
|Bankruptcy Advocacy Clinic|
Bread and Life Immigration Clinic
Child Advocacy Clinic
Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic
Criminal Defense Clinic
|Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic|
Economic Justice Clinic
Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic
Securities Arbitration Clinic
|Center for Bankruptcy Studies|
Center for International and Comparative Law
Center for Labor and Employment Law
Center for Law and Religion
|Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution|
Public Interest Center
Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development
Students of Character
St. John’s Law students do not approach their education with a sense of entitlement. They understand that success comes with hard work, and they bring a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to their studies and into their careers. Animated by St. John’s Vincentian mission, they also understand that caring for the less fortunate and imbuing work with a sense of purpose are keys to professional success and personal fulfillment. The foundation for this understanding is set through their experiences in the Law School’s many public service initiatives.
This same tenacity and generous spirit infuses the St. John’s Law alumni community — a tight-knit network that is 15,000 strong. Our alumni actively nurture the next generation of St. John’s lawyers by bringing relevant, real-world experience back to the Law School as adjunct professors, advisors to student organizations, guest lecturers, program participants, and mentors to our students.
St. John’s Law students and graduates contribute to an employer’s mission in many ways:
- Unpaid internships
- Externships for credit
- Part-time jobs
- Summer employment
- Permanent employment
Employers are welcome to post job opportunities on our Symplicity Career Services Management System. Our On-Campus Interviewing Program brings legal employers to St. John’s throughout the year to interview students in the Career Development Office suite for summer and permanent positions. The program attracts law firms of all sizes; federal, state, and local government agencies; and corporations. Additionally, employers may take advantage of our Resume Collection and Resume Referral services and interview our students at their offices.
For information on St. John’s Recruitment Programs, please contact the Career Development Office: