Visiting Students

Summer 2020 Online Visiting Students

This year we will be offering a number of courses online, in compliance with the New York Court of Appeals programmatic waiver, which permits courses this summer to be taken online, without counting against the limit on the number of distance courses that a student can take and still be eligible to sit for the New York bar exam, as both an LL.M. and JD student.

The seven-week summer session runs from early June through late July. We are offering Evidence, Health Law, Professional Responsibility, and Scholarly Research and Writing. (Complete descriptions can be found in the accordion menu below by clicking the "+" next to "Summer 2020 Online Course Descriptions.")

It's quick and easy to register.

1) Decide on your classes from the menu below.

2) Complete the online registration form. (There is no application fee.)

3) Submit a written statement (digital is accepted) by the dean of the law school in which you are currently enrolled, certifying (a) that you will have completed at least one year of law study by May 30th, (b) that you are a student in good standing and (c) that you have permission to take the course(s) for credit at your current law school.

Tuition and fees are charged on a standard per credit basis. Details can be found here.

*Visiting students who are admitted to the summer session at St. John’s University School of Law remain degree candidates at the law school in which they are currently enrolled. Visiting students who are admitted to the summer session at St. John’s University School of Law are bound by the academic regulations that can be found in our Student Handbook, available here.

Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Visiting Students

St. John's University School of Law will be offering all Fall Semester 2020 classes simultaneously in-person and streaming online to accommodate people with difficulty accessing a campus, who shouldn't attend class in-person, or who must self-isolate during the semester. Please email us at [email protected] if studying at St. John's as a visiting student would be a convenient option.

Applying to the School of Law as a visiting student for one or two semesters requires the following to be submitted by December 15 (for spring visitors) or August 1 (for fall visitors):

  • A completed St. John's University School of Law application submitted via the LSAC website, containing a statement of the applicant's reasons for seeking visiting student status;
  • A letter of good standing and permission to visit from the Dean of the ABA-approved law school the applicant currently attends;
  • An official transcript containing grades for all law school courses the applicant has completed;
  • A copy of the applicant's CAS report — the copy may be forwarded with the official transcript from the ABA-approved law school the applicant currently attends;
  • There is no application fee for visiting students.

If you are looking for transfer information instead, please visit here.


June 2 – July 16
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 pm – 9:50 pm
4 credits

This course studies the rules of evidence that govern judicial proceedings in federal and state courts. Subjects covered include relevance, real and demonstrative evidence, judicial notice, burdens of proof, presumptions, competency of witnesses, examination of witnesses, character evidence and related problems, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, opinion evidence, expert witnesses, foundation and authentication, the best evidence rule, and privileges. Grades are based upon a final examination.

Health Law (HEALTH LAW - 1000)

June 1 – July 15
Wednesdays from 6:15 pm – 9:50 pm
2 credits

This course will examine the legal structure of health care delivery in the United States and how it affects the issue of access to quality health care. The course will be divided into two components: 1) introduction to the basics of health care delivery and financing, and 2) the legal ethics of rationing access. Because the course will focus upon the legal issues connected to constraints on access to health care, in addition to serving as an introduction to Health Law, the course will also address the current legal debates concerning the demands on health care of the elderly. Grades are based upon a research paper.

Professional Responsibility (LEGAL ETHICS - 1000)

June 1 – July 15
Monday and Wednesday 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
3 credits

This course studies the legal, moral and other responsibilities of lawyers. The New York Code of Professional Responsibility and the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, along with cases, statutory material, secondary sources and problems, comprise the reading. The course addresses issues such as the lawyer's responsibility in civil and criminal trials; special problems of lawyers for entities, including governments and corporations; conflicts of interest, confidentiality and privilege; issues in negotiation; professional advertising and solicitation; and the lawyer's duties to improve the administration and availability of justice. Grades are based upon writing assignments, classroom exercises and a final examination.

Scholarly Research and Writing (LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING - 1060)

June 15 – July 30
Two Sections Available:
  Section One: Mondays from 6:15 pm – 9:50 pm
  Section Two: Thursdays 6:00 pm – 9:35 pm
2 credits

This course guides students through the process of completing substantial scholarly research and writing projects, including the professional and ethical requirements for academic legal writing. Grades will be based on satisfactory completion of a series of writing assignments, culminating in a final product of at least 8,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and/or end notes that may be used to meet the Scholarly Writing Requirement. Preference will be given to students who have not already completed the Scholarly Writing Requirement.