Congratulations again on your admission! This guide includes important information to make the admissions process and your arrival at St. John’s Law as easy as possible. We are thrilled that you are joining the St. John’s community for an LL.M., a Legal English Program, or as a Visiting Scholar, and we look forward to working with you in the coming weeks as you prepare to start your St. John’s Law program.
We hope that this guide prepares you to begin your studies at St. John’s School of Law. The Graduate Studies team is available to answer any questions you might have and to help you in any way that we can. We know that your program will be incredibly rewarding and allow you to develop friendships and professional connections that will last a lifetime.
As an incoming student we invite you to visit campus – either virtually or in person. Contact us to schedule a visit to meet professors, current students, and the administrators who will support you as a St. John’s Law student. We will do our best to make your visit memorable.
After you read through this guide, please contact Sheila Aronson, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, if you have any questions. Sheila will be a great resource for you throughout your program. Please either email Sheila with your questions, or to ask to arrange a time to speak: [email protected].
On behalf of Dean Simons, Vice Dean Kelly, the faculty, the Graduate Studies team, and our alumni, we welcome you to the St. John’s Law family!
Director of Graduate Studies
St. John’s University School of Law
Note: This information generally applies to students starting in summer 2020 or the Fall 2020 semester, beginning between July and September 2020. Updated information for students beginning in the Spring 2021 semester (starting January 2021) will be provided closer to the start of that semester.
► Your student I.D. number can be found in the online student portal. You will need this number to use the University Information System (UIS).
► In order to hold your seat in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $750 (USD) is due within four weeks of the date of admission.
► Orientation for all LL.M. students is mandatory. We will hold an informative and fun in-person orientation during the week of September 14, 2020 for students starting courses during the summer or fall 2020 semesters. Additional orientation programming will be delivered online beforehand. If you are enrolled in the English for American Law Schools course, it will be delivered online to give the greatest flexibility on arrival date for students not currently living in NY. Course start dates vary by program as follows:
English for American Law Schools: July 20, 2020 (*online)
LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies: August 24, 2020
LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice: August 24, 2020
American Law Discourse & Analysis: August 24, 2020
LL.M. in Bankruptcy: September 14, 2020
► If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green card holder), you will work with the St. John’s International Student & Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) to start the U.S. student visa application process. The ISSSO webpage includes information on:
► Select your first semester courses! You will receive an email from your academic advisor and an invitation to meet online if you have any questions. You will need to pay your deposit, in order to be registered for your courses.
► Visit stjohns.edu/uis to set up your St. John’s University email. Your St. John’s email will be the email address that the Law School, your professors, and the University will use to communicate with you. Once it is set-up, please remember to check it regularly.
► Review, complete, and submit required health forms. New York State law requires all students to complete mandatory health forms and submit them to St. John’s University.
► A tuition statement will be sent to you prior to your arrival, in May for the Summer semester and late June for the Fall semester. Please follow the instructions from that email to pay your bill by the stated deadlines. You will also have an option to enroll in a payment plan.
Detailed information on paying your bill and payment options is available from the Office of Student Financial Services.
The typical LL.M. student bill will contain the following charges:
Charged per credit based on the number of registered credits
Student Activity fee
$200 per semester
Required for all F-1 and J-1 students, and those living in campus housing.
2019-2020 rate $1,180/semester
2020-2021 rate pending
Your $750 deposit is applied to your first semester bill
Scholarship (if applicable)
Your scholarship will be pro-rated to the number of registered credits
Financial Aid: If you qualify for U.S. federal financial aid, please remember to file your FAFSA – FAFSA.ed.gov
► After the Office of Graduate Studies completes our course registration we will notify you by email, so that you can proceed to pay your bill, confirm your course enrollment, and review your course schedule in the UIS online system.
How to Pay Tuition and Confirm your Course Schedule through the UIS system:
If you are interested in either on- or off-campus housing options, we can help you. The School of Law is located in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Queens – about a half-hour from Manhattan. Law School courses are held on the Queens campus. New York City is a large city with a lot of rental housing and almost all our students choose to live in private rental housing in Queens or the greater New York City area. However, the University offers University-owned apartments near the Queens campus. In addition, the Law School maintains housing and roommate lists. If you are interested in University housing or want to receive the housing and roommate lists, please contact Dorothy Moran in the Law School Admissions office at [email protected] as soon as possible. For additional information on housing options, please visit the housing section of our webpage which includes information on:
*Please note: These links are designed to serve only as a resource. It is your responsibility to determine if the living conditions of any vacancies that you may find are legal and appropriate.
► If your official transcripts were not included in your application, they should be mailed directly from your law school in a sealed envelope and addressed to: St. John’s University School of Law, Office of Graduate Studies, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439. If you plan to bring your official transcript with you, please email Sheila Aronson ([email protected]).
Directions to campus
Interactive campus map
Once you arrive on campus, you can:
► Your StormCard will give you access to the Law Library, the Graduate Studies Suite (after hours), the Gym, and other campus resources.
You can get your StormCard at The Office of Public Safety (#29 on the campus map)
R.O.T.C. Building(McDonald Center)
168-10 Goethals Avenue
Queens, NY 11439
To Apply for a Parking Permit