Student of Color Online Reception

Thank you for joining us on on Thursday April 2! It was a great event.

This was the program:

  •  Meet our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Kamille Dean 
  •  Watch Professor Cheryl Wade's TED-style talk on Race 
      and the Law    
  •  Get an introduction to our diverse and inclusive community 
      from Dean Michael A. Simons  
  •  Hear from some of our alumni of color  
  •  Connect with our student affinity group leaders

You can also visit our Admitted Student Day page to take a virtual tour of the law school, learn more about housing, and get a feel for our home in Queens, NY!

Our History

Our very first class in 1925 had 30 women. The next year, we welcomed our first African-American student and our first Hispanic student. A few years after that, St. John’s graduated the first Asian-American lawyer in all of New York State.  

Over the last 100 years, we’ve stayed true to our founding mission of building a diverse and inclusive legal profession.

Where We Are Today 

Take a look at our Fall 2019 incoming class:  

  • 32% students of color 
  • 57% women 
  • 46 first-generation Americans  

With the support of 16K+ alumni worldwide, we offer endowed scholarships, worth over $1.6M, that promote diversity and inclusion at St. John’s Law plus our Ronald H. Brown Scholars Program, which provides $2.1M in annual scholarships.  


Behind all we do is our dedicated faculty—which is now majority female! They teach an innovative curriculum, produce scholarship with real-world impact, and always have their doors open to students. Our faculty includes: 

Christopher Borgen 
Elaine Chiu 
Larry Cunningham 
Sheldon Evans 
Anita Krishnakumar 
Cheryl Wade 
Kayonia Whetstone 
Kate Klonick  
Anna Roberts 


Our student body and faculty reflect the rich fabric of our hometown of Queens, New York City’s most diverse borough.

Every day, as they gain skills and knowledge in the classroom, though our clinics, in advocacy competitions, and as interns and externs, St. John’s Law students are also building a more diverse and inclusive profession as members of our student affinity groups, including our: 


  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association 
  • Black Law Student Association 
  • Latin American Law Students Association 
  • OUTLaws & Allies 
  • South Asian Law Students Association 
  • Women’s Law Society 

Their dedication and action are inspiring a whole new generation of St. John’s lawyers!