JD Admissions and Application
Admission Policies and Practices
The School seeks to identify and select a diverse group of talented students who will succeed not only at St. John's, but continue our tradition of excellence in the legal and business worlds. Numerous scholarships are available for admitted students. There is no separate application for scholarship consideration and scholarships range from partial to full tuition.
Applicants should recognize that Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and undergraduate GPAs are important factors in the admission process. Accordingly, in reviewing applications, we focus primarily on the demonstrated qualities and proven skills we deem essential for academic success and intellectual stimulation at St. John's.
However, numbers alone might not entirely reflect an applicant's ability to succeed in the study of the law, enhance the law school's educational environment, and deliver legal services in a professionally responsible manner after graduation. Therefore, the Admissions Committee will also consider, among other factors, the nature and difficulty of the applicant's course of undergraduate studies; the applicant's entire undergraduate record, including ascending or descending trends in achievement; graduate work or degrees; significant extracurricular activities while an undergraduate or graduate student; community activities; work experience; and personal obstacles that may have interfered with the realization of the applicant's full potential and personal achievements.
Application Priority Date: March 15, 2019
It's free to apply!
- Apply Online
- Download Print Application (PDF)
- Download Admissions Viewbook (PDF)
- Request Admissions Viewbook
Applying for admission to St. John's University School of Law requires a baccalaureate degree granted by a fully accredited institution. Taking the LSAT or GRE is also a requirement. Applicants for admission in the fall semester should take the LSAT no later than January or the GRE prior to March 1, 2019. The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council and information about the LSAC can be found at lsac.org. Applicants who have taken the GRE can log into their ETS account and select St. John’s U Sch of Law as a recipient of GRE results using the code: 2624.
St. John’s Law accepts GRE scores for admission to the incoming Fall 2019 class and beyond. This document explains application requirements. If you are considering applying with a GRE score rather than an LSAT score, please review our FAQ's.
The School of Law participates in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which simplifies admission procedures. You must register for the CAS whether you choose to apply with an LSAT score or GRE score. To register for the LSAT and CAS, please contact the Law School Admissions Council at:
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at www.ncbex.org. Admission to law school does not guarantee that you will meet the good moral character requirement necessary to sit for a state bar examination or to be admitted to practice. If you are concerned about any facts that may affect your ability to be admitted to practice law, you should discuss the matter with the Board of Law Examiners or the appropriate Committee on Character and Fitness in the jurisdiction in which you intend to practice.
The Elements of a Completed Application
Applicants are required to submit:
• A completed, signed, and dated St. John's University School of Law application form. (If applying electronically, the electronic certification suffices.)
• Credential Assembly Service registration and a reportable Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
• Personal Statement: Please submit a personal statement or short essay with your application. Include your LSAC account number on it. You may write about any topic you wish. Suggested topics: your decision to pursue a career in
law; your reaction to a recent current affairs event; your feelings about a particular community service or extracurricular activity with which you have been involved.
• Letters of Recommendation (minimum of two, will accept three).
• Resume: In reverse chronological order, please include all employment, volunteer and extracurricular activities along with all educational institutions attended. Include an explanation for any gap of time (three months or more) not explained
on your resume.
• Optional: If there are economic, cultural, or social factors that have been significant in your development and identity, or that have presented obstacles to you, and you wish the Admissions Committee to consider those factors in evaluating your
application, please provide a supplementary statement describing these obstacles.
Optional Video Interview
St. John's Law has always recognized that our students are more than the sum of their standardized test score and undergraduate GPA. Unfortunately, the traditional admissions process does not always fully measure certain intangible qualities that often determine success in law school and legal practice. To address this deficiency we invite applicants to complete an optional video interview after the application is submitted. This process allows applicants to record responses to three questions which will be viewed later by the admissions committee during the review of the application. This is a unique opportunity to provide additional information about yourself and demonstrate those personal attributes we consider important, but may not already be apparent in your application. This video interview will complement the Law School's holistic approach to the application review process. Applicants receive an invitation to complete the online interview after the application is received.
The School of Law offers deferred admission in only a small number of cases, and only for good cause. Therefore, most applicants accepted in one year will have to reapply for consideration in subsequent years. A request for Deferred Admissions must be sent in writing to [email protected] or an Admissions Counselor.
This early decision option is for students of high caliber with impressive achievements who are certain that St. John’s Law is their top choice. Those admitted through this program will become St. Thomas More Scholars and receive many benefits, including a full-tuition scholarship, the ability to work closely with a faculty advisor, and access to special events. The Honors Early Decision Program is highly competitive. If you apply for the Honors Early Decision program and are not admitted, your application will then be considered during the regular admission cycle. Application deadline: November 1, 2018.
The R.E.D. Program is for students who are certain that St. John’s Law is their top choice. This program provides applicants a means of expressing to the Admissions Committee their commitment to attend St. John’s Law if admitted and gives applicants priority review and an expedited decision. There are no merit scholarships awarded to R.E.D. Program applicants. Applicants seeking financial assistance should not apply through this program. Application deadline: January 7, 2019.Contact Information
St. John's University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439