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 in the coming weeks 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.
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 information, 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!
Director of Graduate Studies
St. John’s University School of Law
Over the 2020-2021 school year, we have offered classes both online and in-person, with adherence to strict safety guidelines that included social distancing, mask wearing, and additional sanitation. We closely monitored the public health situation, and made adjustments as necessary. Starting in Fall 2021, we anticipate offering classes in-person, subject to changes in the public health situation.
We will be in touch as relevant information is updated. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at [email protected].
► 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.
► 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 Fall 2021 will open in May/June 2021.
► 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
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@example.org 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.
► 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.
► 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:
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.
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
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
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:
► 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]).
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 minimum system requirements and 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)
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 the law school's website 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.
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