Resources for Starting Your Studies at St. John's Law
Congratulations again on your admission! This page 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 a LL.M., a Legal English Program, or as a Visiting Scholar, and we look forward to working with you as you prepare to start your St. John’s Law program.
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.
After you read through this information, please contact us if you have any questions by emailing [email protected].
On behalf of Dean Simons and Associate Dean Anderson, the faculty, the Graduate Studies team, and our alumni, we welcome you to the St. John’s Law family!
► Know your Student ID number (X number)
Your student I.D. number can be found in the online student application portal. You will need this number to use the University Information System (UIS).
► Pay your Seat Deposit
Paying a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 (USD) will secure your place in the incoming LL.M. class. Students are asked to pay this deposit within three weeks of the date of admission. Students may request an extended period to pay the seat deposit by emailing [email protected]. All funds paid as a deposit will be credited to the student's tuition costs.
► Register for Courses
After paying your Seat Deposit, you can be registered for your first semester courses! As part of the registration process, you will receive a course request form which your advisor will review and approve. You will also have an opportunity to meet virtually with your academic advisor to discuss any questions you may have about course registration. You will then be registered in your classes. Registration for Spring 2024 will open in November 2023.
► Mark Your Calendar: Orientation & Introductory Classes
Orientation for all LL.M. students is mandatory. Orientation Dates are as follows:
Please consult the Law School Academic Calendar for other important dates.
► International Students: Apply for a Student Visa
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:
Please check your email for messages from ISSSO, and read them closely; their email is [email protected]. We recommend adding this address to your known contacts so their messages reach you.
► Set-Up Your 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. The University consolidates usernames and passwords using a single sign-on system called Okta to access email, UIS, Canvas, WebEx, and other services. Instructions for setting up single signon can be found here.
Your St. John's email address will typically be in the following format: "firstname.lastname@example.org" where ‘##’ represents the 2-digit year of entry into St. John’s University. The email address will be created after your deposit is paid or waived, or in the case of exchange studnets, after you are registered for classes.
You can find additional information on setting up your email on the Information Technology page. If you have any problems setting up or accessing your email, please contact the IT Service Desk at (718)990-5000. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30am- 7:30pm.
Your user ID will be your St. John's email address and the password will be the password you created when you paid your deposit through UIS. If you forgot your password, or need your password reset, instructions can be found here. If you are asked for your StormCard/PMID number, you can find it in UIS.
► Complete Required Health and Immunization Forms
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. Submission deadline for the Spring 2024 semester is December 15, 2023. All enrolled students are required to submit the following:
These forms are also available on the Required Health and Immunization Forms page; and must be submitted via the online patient portal. The online patient portal can also be accessed through signon.stjohns.edu and clicking the Medicat icon. Once in Medicat, you will be able to access and upload your health forms. Please do not create a new account in Medicat. If you have questions about these forms or the requirements, contact Student Health Services by calling (718)990-6360.
Please note that many students need to visit their doctor to secure these forms. Please allow time to schedule this appointment and for your doctor to complete the health forms.
Pursuant to New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167, if you do not submit the required health forms your course registration and Law School enrollment will be cancelled.
► Health Insurance
► Pay Tuition and Confirm your Enrollment in Courses
A tuition statement will be sent to you prior to the start of the 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 for LLM. and Legal English students will contain the following charges:
Block rate for full-time students; per credit for part-time (11 credits or less per semester)View 2023-2024 academic year tuition rates.
Student Activity fee
$200 per semester
Required for all F-1 and J-1 students.
Students, not here on a visa, and living in campus housing, will be charged for insurance unless they submit a waiver with their current and valid insurance for New York State.
2023-2024 Premium: $3,628
Usually, half of the premium is charged each semester
Your $500 deposit is applied to your first semester bill
Scholarship (if applicable)
Your scholarship will be applied on a percentage basis
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 your 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. Scholarships, if any, are applied after the initial bill is generated. Please allow 4-6 business days after being notified for the scholarship reduction to appear on the bill.
Spring semester tuition payments for all Law students are due in full, or enrollment in a payment plan, by December 1, 2023.
How to Pay Tuition and Confirm your Course Schedule through the UIS system:
► Provide Your Official Transcript
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 our office at [email protected].
The best way for student to resolve technical issues, such as accessing St. John's email accounts or UIS, is to go to https://ithelp.stjohns.edu/support/home. The link provides self-help articles for common problems. If you cannot resolve the problem, click Your Tickets to request a new one. A helpdesk ticket will be created and a tech support representative will reply back as soon as possible. Please remember that responses will be delayed on nights and weekends.
In order to successfully participate in classes and other Law School events, and to complete school work, each student should have access to a personal computer, whether desktop or laptop. Students should also have a working camera to participate in sessions via video call. You can view information about supported technology here. You can find information about university-sponsored discounts for some devices here.
► Student ID Cards (StormCard)
All students who will be studying on campus will need a University identification card ("StormCard") to access the Law School Library and other University facilities. You can obtain your ID card at the Public Safety Office. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Students who will be studying remotely and need their StormCard number can access it through UIS or call the Public Safety Office.
For questions about the StormCard or StormCard Number, contact the Office of Public Safety 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
► Arriving at St. John’s School of Law
► Arrange for Parking (if needed)
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. Students willing to share a room or apartment will have the most options. Students traveling with families and children should begin the search for housing well before arriving for Orientation and the start of classes.
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, please visit the housing section of the law school's website and slect the "DePaul Townhouses" tab. Students will need to follow the Housing Office's proecdures and deadlines, which may differ than other law school and university deadlines.
Living Off Campus:
New York 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.
*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.