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 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!

Sincerely,

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

Here is a checklist to start your preparation to join St. John’s 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. 

 

Confirm your Attendance                                                         

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 $750 (USD) is due within four weeks of the date of admission.  

  • 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 tab
    • Select Student Account Suite (this will open a new window)
    • Select eDeposits tab
    • Select the Term from the drop-down menu, then click “Select.” 
    • Now, choose “Fall or SpringGrad Law LLM Seat Deposit from the drop down, then click “Select.” 
    • Now, enter $750 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. 

Prepare to Arrive

LL.M. Orientation

► 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

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:

Register for Courses

► 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.

Set-Up Your Email

► 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.

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.

  • Health Forms
  • Submit you forms via the online patient portal.  Submission deadline for Summer and Fall semesters is May 15. Students who submit deposits after May 15, should submit their forms within three weeks of the deposit date.
  • 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.

Pay Tuition Confirm your Enrollment in Courses

► 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:

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, and those living in campus housing.

2019-2020 rate $1,180/semester

2020-2021 rate pending

Deposit credit

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

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

► 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: 

  • 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. You can also ask Sheila Aronson ([email protected]) if you have questions regarding your scholarship disbursement. 
  • Once you have paid your term bill, scroll down and click "Confirm Enrollment"

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 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:

  • 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.   

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]).

Arrive at St. John’s School of Law

Directions to campus

Interactive campus map

Once you arrive on campus, you can:

Pick up your student ID (StormCard)

► 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

Arrange for Parking (if needed)

To Apply for a Parking Permit

  • Go to MySJU and click on the UIS Login 
  • Login to UIS with your User ID and PIN.
  • Click “Personal Information” and then “Parking Permit Application” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • All permits will be mailed directly to applicant’s home address in the U.S. within five to seven business days.