Admitted Students

Welcome to the St. John’s Law Family!

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 a 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, Associate Dean Anderson, the faculty, the Graduate Studies team, and our alumni, we welcome you to the St. John’s Law family!

Sincerely,

Marra Guttenplan
Director of Graduate Studies
St. John’s University School of Law

The below information is for students starting a St. John’s Law LL.M. or Legal English program during the spring 2021 semester.  Students starting after the spring 2021 semester should contact [email protected] with any questions.

Health & Safety at St. John's Law

We are excited to start spring semester classes, and look forward to seeing some of you on campus. Whether you will attend classes on campus, remotely, or both, please review this information carefully.

Plan Your Arrival to Campus in Three Steps:

Quarantine Requirements 

All students joining us in-person from overseas or from a restricted U.S. state subject to the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory), are required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide a negative COVID-19 test before coming to campus. See university guidance here for more information for international students and keep our office informed of your plans.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at [email protected].

Prepare to Start the Semester at St. John’s Law!

Get Started: Make Your Seat Deposit and Register for Classes                                                         

Know your Student ID number (X number)

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).

► Pay your Seat Deposit

In order to hold your seat in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 (USD) is due within two weeks of the date of admission, and preferably sooner, to expedite course registration.

  • Log in to UIS using
    • Username: X-Number
    • Password: Sj followed by your X ID number without the X.
  • Once you reach the main menu please select the following:
    • Click Student tab
    • Select Student Account from the menu list
    • Select Student Account Suite (this will open a new window)
    • Select Deposits and eDeposits tab
    • Select the Term from the drop-down menu, then click “Select.” 
    • Now, choose “Fall or Spring” Grad Law LLM Seat Deposit from the drop down, then click “Select.” 
    • Now, enter $500 in the “Payment Amount” field.
    • Choose “Make Deposit Payment.” Follow the prompts to either pay by credit card or electronic check (paying directly from a checking/savings account). You can also pay your deposit by contacting Customer Service toll free at 1-888-9STJOHNS or 718-990-2000. Remember to have your X-number handy before calling.
    • Note: This deposit will be applied to the cost of tuition for your first semester. Your deposit payment will appear on your bill, reducing your first semester balance. 
  • For more detailed instructions refer to this guide.

► Register for Courses

After paying your Seat Deposit, you will start to select 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.  

Next Steps

LL.M. Orientation

Orientation for all LL.M. students is mandatory.  We will hold orientation during the week of January 11, 2021 for students starting courses in the spring 2021 semester.   All students should plan to attend orientation.  More information about dates, location, and time will be sent in late November.  Virtual participation options will be available.  Course start dates vary by program as follows:

  • English for American Law School: December 2020 (asynchronous online content) & January 2021 (synchronous online classes)
  • LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies:  January 11, 2021
  • LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice:  January 11, 2021
  • American Law Discourse & Analysis:  January 19, 2021
  • LL.M. in Bankruptcy:  January 19, 2021

Please consult the Law School Academic Calendar for other important dates 

► 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 2021 semester is December 15. 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

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, these requirements apply to students who are studying in person, and to students who are studying online (regardless of location). If you do not submit the required health forms your course registration and Law School enrollment will be cancelled. Health Insurance–All students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to participate in the University’s accident and sickness insurance plan. This insurance is mandatory for the student’s entire enrollment at the University. Information about the accident and sickness insurance program. Students will be enrolled in the Health Insurance plan approximately two weeks after paying their bill and confirming their course enrollment.
  • International students learning 100% remotely from outside the U.S. for the spring 2021 semester can submit a health insurance waiver form, which will be posted here in December.  Accident and Sickness Insurance is also available for direct purchase to all full-time and part-time commuter students, not on a visa. This insurance can be purchased by enrolling online directly at universityhealthplans.com

► 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:

► Pay Tuition and Confirm your Enrollment in Courses

A tuition statement will be sent to you prior to the start of the Spring 2021 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:

Tuition

Charged per credit based on the number of registered credits

Student Activity fee

$200 per semester

Health Insurance

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.

2020-2021 Premium: $2,375

Usually, half of the premium is charged each semester

Deposit credit

Your $500 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

  • St. John’s University School code: 002823
  • Financial Services: Lourdes Hall, 718.990.2000

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 3-5 business days after being notified for the scholarship reduction to appear on the bill.

How to Pay Tuition and Confirm your Course Schedule through the UIS system: 

  • Log-in to the UIS site using
    • Username: X-Number
    • Password: Sj followed by your X ID number without the X
  • Go to the tab that says "Student"
  • Select the term you want to confirm (Summer or Fall 2020)
  • Click on "Registration" then "View/Confirm Term Bill"
  • Please check your term bill carefully to confirm that your tuition is correct and your scholarship has been applied, before paying your term bill. If you do not see your scholarship applied, please check back in a few days. If it has been 5 business days after you were notified the scholarship has been applied and the reduction is still not showing on your account, please contact Sheila Aronson ([email protected]).
  • Once you have paid your term bill, scroll down and click "Confirm Enrollment"

 ► Set-Up Your Email

After you are registered for your courses, you will be given a St. John’s email.  Your email address will be in the following format: firstname.lastname## where ‘##’ represents the 2-digit year of entry into St. John’s University.   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.

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.

The University consolidates usernames and passwords using a single sign-on system called Okta to access email, UIS, Canvas, Blackboard, WebEx and other services.  All students should use signon.stjohns.edu to access their St. John's University email.  

Instructions for setting up single signon can be found here.

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 are asked for your StormCard number, you can find it in UIS.

  1. Click here to login in to UIS.  If you have not already set your password, instructions are provided, in red on the page.
  2. Click Students tab>Select New Student Information
  3. Click Orientation
  4. Click To Do List

► 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 Sheila Aronson ([email protected]).

► 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. 

  1. Instructions for finding your StormCard Number Login to UIS.  If you have not already set your password, instructions are provided, in red on the page.
  2. Click Students tab>Select New Student Information
  3. Click Orientation
  4. Click To Do List

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

718-990-6281

Recommended Technology

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 minimum system requirements and university-sponsored discounts for some devices here.

Coming to Campus

Arriving at St. John’s School of Law

Arrange for Parking (if needed)

  • Find information about the Parking Program and apply for a permit here.
  • For any questions about the program, contact Public Safety at (718)990-6281.

Housing

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 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:

  • Living in the University-owned DePaul Townhouses;
  • Living in Off-Campus Housing; and/or
  • Being placed on the Roommate List.
  • 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.
    • If you are looking at non-University housing, we are pleased to recommend the free service Jump Off Campus to our students to help find of apartments in the area from landlords who are specifically seeking St. John’s students 
    • Here are some additional websites that can be useful in your search, with suggestions on areas near the University. Some students also elect to live in western Queens, Brooklyn, or Manhattan. The neighborhoods listed below are the closest to campus:

*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.   

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: 718-990-8335 

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