Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about our program or the application process? Review the information on this page. Still have questions? Want to set up a time to speak with us? Email [email protected].  

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The Application Process 

1) How do I apply to the LL.M. programs? 

First, review our programs or speak with a staff member to determine which LL.M. program you want to apply to. Then, start your application and gather all the necessary documents. Applicants can apply through our online application portal, or through LSAC. We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester (starting January 2021) and Fall 2021 semester (starting late August 2021). 

2) How do I use the online application portal

For application type, select “Graduate Application” and the applicable year.  Under “Degree Sought”, choose “LL.M./Graduate Programs”. Under “Program”, choose which of our programs is of most interest to you. After you enter all your background information, sign the application and submit it, you can upload supporting documents. You can submit the application before all the supporting documents are available - there's no need to wait to submit the background section. After you submit, when you log in to the portal, you will see an application checklist showing which supporting materials are still needed. Once all materials are available, the Admissions Committee can review your application.

3) When is your application deadline? 

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each class is full. We offer semesters starting in August (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester). Applications received earlier in the cycle receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.  

Priority application deadlines for Spring 2021:  

  • U.S. Legal Studies & Transnational Legal Practice: November 1 
  • Bankruptcy: November 16 

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available in the program. 

4) What documents do I need for the application process? 

Below are the documents candidates need to submit to be considered for admission. If a candidate applies through our online application portal, the candidate will upload documents themselves (PDFs preferred). If a candidate applies via LSAC, they need to comply with LSAC requirements regarding documentation. If you have further question about these documents, please contact our office. 

  • Transcripts (all institutions post-high school, translated into English.) 
  • Resume (1-2 page summary of your education and work experience) 
  • Statement of Goals (Essay) (250-500 words you write for this application about your background and how the LL.M. program relates to your goals) 
  • Writing Sample (2-5 pages you have already written for school or work showing your legal/analytical writing ability) 
  • Proof of English Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo English Test; in some cases, may be waived for applicants who have earned post-high school degrees in English) 
  • Letters of Recommendation (2, from educators or professionals who can speak to your ability to succeed in the program) 
  • LSAT Scores (only for applicants who have graduated with a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school within 5 years of their application) 
  • Application Fee (September 2020 update: Waived) 

5) Do I need to take the LSAT? 

No, you do not need to take the LSAT to apply for the LL.M. programs. If you are applying for the LL.M. in Bankruptcy, and you graduated from an ABA accredited law school with a J.D. degree within 5 years of your application to the St. John’s Law LL.M. Program, you will need to request this information from LSAC or your law school. 

6) Do you offer conditional admission if I need to improve my English before I can start the LL.M. program? 

We offer a certificate program called American Law: Discourse & Analysis. This program is either one or two semesters of full-time study. A student who needs additional language preparation before beginning a LL.M. program may be admitted to the certificate program first. This ensures students are ready to succeed when they start the LL.M. program. Please contact our office for more information. 

7) When will I know if I have been admitted?  

The admissions committee reviews application on a rolling basis. After an application is complete, most applications are reviewed within 3-4 weeks.  

8) Is there an application fee? 

The standard application fee is $100. This is waived for students from universities with formally established partnerships with St. John’s Law; other applicants in need of a fee waiver can contact our office to request one. SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Currently waived for all applicants.  

9) My school has a partnership with St. John’s Law. Should I complete the application process through my school’s international affairs office or directly with the St. John’s personnel? 

Current students of partner schools should consult with their faculty of law administrators and international affairs officers as they decide to apply and prepare their materials; once a student is prepared to apply, they should use St. John’s online portal to apply directly, as described above. Graduates can apply directly to St. John’s.  

Our Programs 

10) What degrees do you offer? 

Visit our program webpages to review our programs. We offer the following LL.M. degrees & certificates: 

We also offer dual degrees, where students can complete two LL.M. degrees in three semesters (assuming a full-time schedule). The available dual degrees are: Transnational Legal Practice + U.S. Legal Studies; U.S. Legal Studies + Bankruptcy; or Transnational Legal Practice + Bankruptcy.  

11) How much is tuition? Can I apply for a scholarship? Do you offer financial aid? Are there other funding sources available? 

Please refer our page on Tuition & Scholarships for information about tuition, scholarships, and financial aid. We automatically consider all applicants for partial, merit-based scholarships. No separate application is needed.  

12) In what format are you offering classes? Are they online or in-person, or something in between? Do you offer the LL.M. programs entirely online? 

2020-2021 UPDATE: The St. John’s Law LL.M. programs are designed to be taught primarily in-person. In light of the global health situation, online participation options are available for the Fall 2020, and we anticipate similar scheduling for Spring 2021. At this time, we anticipate returning to a primarily in-person teaching method for the Fall 2021 semester. U.S. citizens and permanent residents have the most flexibility with regards to mode of instruction; students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa should be in touch with our office to discuss options.  

All classes offered in-person are held at the Law School in Queens, with socially distanced classrooms and health and safety measures in place. The health and safety of all students and staff are the utmost priority; we are paying close attention to any changes in current health conditions and adjustments may be made if needed. The University also complies with all applicable state and local regulations. Please contact our office with any questions. 

13) Can I study part-time? Can I study only in the evening or weekend? 

It depends. Ability to participate in a program part-time largely depends on a student’s circumstances and visa status. U.S. citizens and permanent residents have the most flexibility to enroll part-time. Some of our programs do offer evening or weekend courses, particularly the LL.M. in Bankruptcy. Students in other LL.M. programs can expect to have a varied schedule, with day and evening courses. Our academic advisors work with each student to develop a schedule that works for their goals.  Many local students are able to complete the program on a part-time schedule that works for them.  

To meet the requirements to qualify to take the New York bar exam, students enrolled in a bar pathway degree must complete all requirements within 24 months. Most international students requiring a visa should expect to complete the LL.M. degree in two full-time semesters. 

14) I want to take the New York bar exam. Which program should I apply to? 

The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies and Transnational Legal Practice (Bar Track) are meant to help students meet the academic requirements need to qualify to take and successfully prepare for the New York bar exam. Attend an information session or contact us to determine which program is right for you.  

Please note: Eligibility for the New York bar exam and admission to the bar are governed by the New York Court of Appeals and the New York Board of Law Examiners (BOLE). Ultimately, whether an LL.M. graduate qualifies to take the bar exam is determined by the BOLE. All students who receive a first law degree from outside the U.S. must complete the Advanced Evaluation of Eligibility application. Applicants should consult the BOLE website. Our staff supports all students and graduates as they navigate the process of applying to take the bar exam, bar study preparation, and the applicant for admission to the bar in New York.  FALL 2020 UPDATE:  Some New York Court of Appeals and BOLE regulations relate to whether instruction is online or in-person. We are continually monitoring updates from the New York Court of Appeals and the BOLE and have structured our programs so that students are able to meet these requirements.  

15) Can you transfer to the J.D. program? 

Well-qualified students can apply to transfer to the St. John’s Law J.D. program after completing one year of LL.M. studies. No LSAT is required and if a student is awarded a scholarship for the LL.M. program, this same scholarship will be applied to the J.D. program. If you are interested in this option, contact our office to learn more. 

16) What practical opportunities do you offer? Can I get a job or internship while I am a student? What about jobs opportunities after I graduate? 

Practical experience is an essential part of a legal education. Many academic courses include practical, hands-on elements.  We have dedicated career advisors who help students create job application materials, prepare for interviews, and connect with potential employers, including many loyal alumni. Students can participate in for-credit internships starting in their second semester, and many students are able to secure internships or employment during the summer. Our career advisors also help students looking for post-graduate work. Our career advisors help both international students and permanent resident/U.S. citizens explore employment opportunities as available depending on the rules and regulations applicable to each group.  

17) I have never studied law before. Can I apply for your program?  

Our programs are designed for candidates who either have already earned their first degree in law, or are in the process of earning a degree in law. In some rare cases we are able to admit candidates who have studied legal concepts in other ways. Potential applicants who would like us to assess their eligibility should contact our office, and be prepared to share documentation of their educational background.   

18) I’m not sure which program is right for me. How do I decide?  

The right program for you depends on your goals and circumstances. A member of our admissions team would be happy to speak with you. Contact us to schedule a time to speak.  

19) Do you offer housing? 

On-campus housing is available for graduate students. Some students choose to find their own accommodations off-campus. Review the law school’s housing website for more information. 

20) Can I visit campus? 

FALL 2020 UPDATE: Limited tours of the Queens campus are available. All guests must register ahead of time, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. Prospective students may bring one guest. Contact our office to learn more and schedule a tour.  

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