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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 (see #12 below), or through LSAC.
2) Am I eligible for your programs? How do I know which program is right for me?
Generally, applicants should have already earned, or be in the process of earning, a first degree in law. Professional experience is beneficial, but not required. Review the program pages and see the "Our Programs" section below.
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. The priority application deadlines for the Spring 2022 semester are as follows:
Priority application deadlines for Fall 2021 have passed. 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?
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.
5) Do you accept electronic versions of documents?
Yes. Materials can be uploaded in the application portal.
6) Do I need to take the LSAT?
No, you do not need to take the LSAT to apply for the LL.M. programs.
7) What are your English language standards? Do you offer conditional admission if I need to improve my English before I can start the LL.M. program?
A student who needs a minimal amount of additional language preparation before beginning a LL.M. program may be admitted to a program with the requirement that they complete English for American Law Schools (EALS), an short pre-semester course. This ensures students are ready to succeed when they start the LL.M. program. Applicants who need additional language instruction before beginning a program should contact our office for more information.
8) 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 2-4 weeks.
9) Is there an application fee?
The standard application fee is $100. 2021 UPDATE: We are waiving this fee for all applicants! If you are applying, let us know so we can ensure it is waived for you.
10) 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.
11) I am an international student and will need a student visa. What is the process?
You can review student visa information from our International Student & Scholar Services Office (ISSSO). Once a student is admitted to our program, we work closely with ISSSO to support them through the process. It can take several months to complete the process; we encourage all international students to apply early.
12) How do I use the online application portal?
Please note: After you create and submit the application, when you log in to the portal, you will see an application checklist showing which supporting materials are still needed. You do not need to have all supporting materials available to submit the application or upload other documents. Once all supporting materials are included, the Admissions Committee can review the application.
To apply through LSAC, see the LSAC website, including the Help for LLM Applicants page.
13) What degrees do you offer? What classes can I take?
Visit our program webpages to review our programs. We offer the following LL.M. degrees & certificates:
Students must earn 24 credits minimum; many students earn between 24-30 credits. Each degree includes certain required courses, while students can choose between a variety of electives to fulfill the rest of their degree requirements. Visit each program's page for typical classes. An academic advisor works with each student to review and approve course selections that meet degree requirements and students' personal goals.
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.
If you are not sure which program is the best fit for you, reach out to speak to an admissions representative by emailing [email protected] or request information by filling out this form.
14) 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.
15) 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?
The St. John’s Law LL.M. programs have returned to in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester.
All classes offered in-person are held at the Law School in Queens, with 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.
16) How long are your programs? Can I study part-time? Can I study only in the evening or weekend? What is your academic calendar?
A student studying full-time typically completes the program in two semesters. We offer the ability to start in either Fall (August) or Spring (January) semesters.
Whether a student can study part-time depends largely depends on a student’s circumstances and visa status. U.S. citizens and permanent residents have the most flexibility to enroll part-time.
Our main semesters run August - December and January - May. Some short courses may be offered over the summer or winter breaks. For reference, you can see a typical academic calendar here. Admitted students should visit the Admitted Students page and pay attention to communications from our office for updates regarding specific semesters.
17) I want to take the New York bar exam. Am I eligible? Which program should I apply to?
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies and LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice (Bar Track) are meant to help internationally-educated students meet the academic requirements needed 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. Applicants should have earned, or be in the process of earning, a first degree in law. Applicants do not need to be licensed to practice law in the country where they earned their law degree.
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. Generally, to be eligible to take the NY bar exam, an individual must have earned a first degree in law. Applicants also need to meet the qualifications to apply to be licensed to practice law in the country where they earned their first law degree . All individuals who receive a first law degree from outside the U.S. must complete the Advanced Evaluation of Eligibility. 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 application for admission to the bar in New York.
2020-2021 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.
18) What about the J.D. degree? Can I transfer to the J.D. program?
While an LL.M. is designed for internationally-educated applicants with a first degree in law, a J.D. is designed as the first law degree for a domestically-educated student. Highly-qualified LL.M. 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 required two additional years of the J.D. program. Some benefits to this path include more time for academic study, experiential and professional development opportunities, and opportunities to be involved in co-curricular activities such as journals or moot court. If you are interested in this option, contact our office to learn more. Please note this pathway is open only to students who already hold a foreign law degree.
19) What practical opportunities do you offer? Can I get a job or internship while I am a student? What about job 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.
20) Do you offer housing?
University-owned housing is available for graduate students. Many students choose to find their own accommodations off-campus. Review the law school’s housing website for more information.
21) Can I visit campus?
Limited tours of the Queens campus are available. All guests must register ahead of time and wear a mask indoors. Prospective students may bring one guest. Contact our office to learn more and schedule a tour.
Do you have a question we haven’t answered here?
Contact our office by emailing [email protected].