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Student Resources

Online Student Center 

Learning and Wellness Resources

On this page you can find information and resources available to students for academic achievement and wellness while in law school. 

Access the Wellness Guide for Law Students

If you would like to contact Student Services or Academic Support, you can find our contact information here.

Law School Academic Accommodations Tip Sheet (Spring 2024)

Bar Exam Accommodation Tip Sheet 2024-2025


University Resources

  • St. John’s students have access to telehealth mental health services through the St. John’s Center for Counseling and Consultation. You can schedule appointments and find more information here.
  • St. John’s also provides support through Wellness Education. Visit their page for resources about stress relief, staying connected, and more.
  • Campus Recreation is offering a number of fitness classes and wellness resources!

Library Resources and Textbook Access


Mental Health Support

  • Thriving Campus: Students can search for an off-campus mental healthcare provider filtering by criteria, such as map-based location, practice areas, availability of telehealth appointments, and insurance plan coverage.
  • ABA for Law Students: Mental Health Essentials
  • 5 Self-Care Apps for Lawyers and Law Students
  • For St. John’s students who have relocated to other states and may have difficulty reaching the St. John’s telehealth program, there are many other programs available to lawyers and law students. You can find resources on the ABA Directory of Lawyer Assistance Programs.
  • ULifeline: an online resource dedicated to mental health issues. It also has an emergency hotline.

Tech Support 

The best way for students to resolve technical issues is to go to https://ithelp.stjohns.edu. This link provides self-help articles for common problems. If you cannot resolve the problem, click Raise a Ticket. A helpdesk ticket will be created and a tech support representative will reply as soon as possible. Please remember that responses will be delayed on nights and weekends.

We also recommend that you bookmark and review:

Additional Resources

Several wonderful former 1L students have generously prepared The 1L Survival Guide: A one-stop resource for students, by students. 

This page will provide helpful information to you in your off-campus housing search. In reviewing this information, please note that St. John’s does not endorse any specific property, neighborhood, landlord, website, or realtor.

For a comprehensive listing of housing options, please visit https://www.stjohns.edu/law/jd-admissions/housing.

Address

The address of the Queens campus is 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439.

Websites

A helpful website and app is Citymapper. This website will give you NYC public transportation directions and estimated travel times between two addresses.

For Apartment Listings

 

The following is a listing of external scholarship and writing competition opportunities. While not exhaustive, this list can provide a good starting point in your search for outside funding of your legal education. Many scholarships can be found through the AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank.

Added 2/20/2024

  • 2024 Brandeis Scholarship (May 3, 2024)

Added 2/5/2024

  • Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship (Feb. 28, 2024 JDs; Mar. 15. 2024 LLMs)
  • The Michael Wiener Scholarship for Labor Studies (Mar. 1, 2024)
  • 2024 NYIPLEF Diversity Scholarship (Apr. 5, 2024)
     

Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship was established in 2020. Scholarships are awarded to JD applicants annually who meet certain general criteria and who identify as either Black, Indigenous, Latino or Latina, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or other person of color. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time at an accredited law school but need not be attending a Constituent Law School. A student must demonstrate serious and diligent pursuit of academic achievement (although academic performance is not determinative). Other criteria include leadership ability, year in law school, and financial need.

Learn More Here

Eligibility
For most scholarships, a law student who is enrolled full-time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools and who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources or energy law is eligible to apply. LLM students and incoming 1Ls who have applied to one of these schools but have not yet been accepted may also apply. Unlike our other scholarships, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarships are available to full-time Black, Indigenous, Latino or Latina, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or other person of color JD students at accredited law schools whether or not they are attending a Constituent Law School.  

Application and submission directions

Award: Fall, spring, and full-year scholarships may cover partial or full tuition. Recent awards have ranged from $1,000 to $18,000. Tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, the student's law school.

Application deadline: The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by February 28, 2024, for JD Applicants and March 15, 2024, for LLM/SJD Applicants


The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies 
The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for an award, applicants must be graduate or law students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States and graduating no sooner than December 2024. Further, applicants must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. To receive an award, eligible candidates must also meet a combination of criteria identified below:

  • A strong academic record;
  • Demonstrated prior commitment to workers’ rights as shown by employment, volunteer work, or other relevant experience;  
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • A recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner, and
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

​We encourage all interested students to apply as consideration for the scholarship will be based upon a candidate’s entire portfolio.

Application and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: March 1, 2024


2024 NYIPLEF Diversity Scholarship
NYIPLEF’s Diversity Scholarship provides funds to law students from a broad range of backgrounds who will contribute to creating a more diverse student body, currently enrolled in a J.D. at an accredited law school in the New York area (including Connecticut and New Jersey), in good academic standing, and demonstrating intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. The scholarship is intended to be used by the law student for tuition and expenses related to attending law school. Scholarship awards are made at the full and sole discretion of NYIPLEF.

By submitting an application, a Scholarship Applicant certifies that they meet the following application requirements and are submitting the following supporting documents:

  • Have the intention to pursue a full-time career in intellectual property law
  • Currently attending an accredited law school (rising 2L or 3L) in the greater New York area, and in good academic standing
  • No family relationship to an officer or director of NYIPLEF
  • Submission of a professional resume including academic highlights, work experience and extracurricular activities
  • Undergraduate, graduate (if applicable) and law school OFFICIAL transcripts reflecting academic accomplishment
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • A short (500 word maximum) essay by the applicant that summarizes their interest in intellectual property law and answers the following questions: How would receiving this scholarship impact your ability to complete law school and pursue a career in intellectual property law? Please share any personal experiences where you have encountered adversity and/or demonstrated resilience, and explain how these experiences have shaped your perspective on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • Essay should identify the applicant’s name, telephone number and e-mail
  • A written commitment to use scholarship funds solely for tuition and expenses related to attending law school
  • Possess a desire to contribute and enhance a diverse and inclusive law school and legal community

Application and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: April 5, 2024


2024 Brandeis Scholarship
The Brandeis Association of Queens County Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Jewish law students currently in the 2nd or 3rd year of study at the time of submission. Once again,
eligibility includes Jewish Law Students who are residents of Queens County OR who are
attending a law school in New York City or Pace Law School, Touro Law School or The
Maurice A. Deane School of Law. In awarding the scholarships consideration will be given to financial need, legal scholarship and community involvement, including Jewish community involvement.

Application and submission directions

Award: $5,000

Application deadline: May 3, 2024

Canvas

All professors use Canvas (a learning management system) for course information. To learn how to use Canvas, please take Canvas the student training course. Canvas provides an easy-to-use clean layout allowing instructors to quickly set up course content and tools efficiently while students navigate course sites and submit work.

Westlaw

All St. John's School of Law students are provided with complimentary Westlaw accounts. Westlaw is a tool for conducting legal research. It also gives you access to TWEN, a platform that hosts some webcourses and student organization information. You will receive your Westlaw registration code during your first semester at St. John's Law.

For questions about Westlaw registration contact the law library reference team at [email protected]

Instructions for Accessing TWEN

TWEN is a platform within Westlaw that hosts some websources and student organization information. Most faculty and student organizations use Canvas, but a few remain on TWEN. Once you have registered your Westlaw account, you can access TWEN via www.lawschool.westlaw.com.

If you have a class that is using TWEN for its webcourse, you will need to add your classes to your TWEN "My Courses" listing as follows:

  1. Log into Westlaw at www.lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Click on the TWEN link at the top left side of the screen.
  3. Click on Manage Courses, then select Add a Course.
  4. Click "Add" next to the courses you are enrolled in.
  5. Click on Add a Course.
  6. If you have any questions regarding TWEN , please call customer support at 1-800-850-WEST or contact our St. John’s Westlaw Account Manager, Estee Waxman at [email protected] Please note, not all of your courses will have TWEN pages. Please do not worry if you don’t find one for a particular class.  Your professor will notify you if there is a TWEN page for your class.

 

 

West Study Aids Platform – Free for All Students!

West Study Aids Platform – Free for All Students!

This resource puts study aids of all kinds at your fingertips: videos, audio recordings, outlines, law summaries, and practice supplements.

 

How to access these great materials and create a personal account:

  • Easy Option 2: Create an individual account to the platform and tailor it to your needs. Creating a West Academic account allows you to annotate, save favorites, listen to audio lectures, download titles for offline access, and more. Here’s how:
  1. Go to the West Academic Study Aid Collection.
  2. Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner.  Follow the prompts.
  3. Once you create an account you will be automatically logged into West Academic
  4. Verify your email address one of two ways:
  • If you are already logged in, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner and click My Account. Enter your school or work email address under “My School/Organization” Click “Check for Materials” and check your email for a verification link.
  • The next time you log in you will be prompted to confirm your email. Enter your school email address and check your email for a verification link.


Once you have verified your email address you can access all the content available in your subscription and you can log-in independently from your school’s network.

West Academic eBook Resources

  • You have access to 15% off print and electronic casebooks purchased through store.westacademic.com with code SJULAW.
  • Purchases directly from store.westacademic.com will continue through the end of the fall semester, even in the event of unexpected shifts to online instruction. For resources purchased or rented through other online or local resellers, West Academic will also provide digital access to our titles with proof of purchase or rental. Please be sure to retain proof of purchase or rental to ensure continued access!
  • The University offers Health Insurance. You can find more information on University Health Plans.
  • Though the student plan is often the most cost-effective option, you may also have insurance options through the New York City public exchange program. You can find more information on this option at GetCoveredNYC.
  • From the ABA on obtaining health insurance after your student plan expires:
    1. ABA Insurance created a new landing page on abainsurance.com specifically tailored to law student insurance needs.
    2. The page includes an FAQ of the most asked student health insurance questions and, probably most importantly, a phone number (1-855-967-0415) they can call to talk to an expert about their insurance needs.
    3. The Law Student Division and ABA Insurance presented a free webinar intended to help students navigate the complexities of health insurance coverage.
    4. The Law Student Division aggregated much of this information and published it, along with the webinar video, in a Before the Bar article.

St. John’s Law Student Emergency Fund

The St. John’s Law Student Emergency Fund was founded thanks to generous contributions from the St. John’s Law family. This fund aims to support students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. Applications are open to St. John’s Law students currently enrolled in classes. 

You can apply for assistance now by completing the online application HERE.

Financial support will be offered to help cover unexpected and necessary student expenses. These needs may include (but are not limited to) funding for food, emergency medical expenses, technological needs to enable participation in classes and assignments, emergency travel due to illness or bereavement, or funding for course materials not otherwise available. Applications are available through the link below, and the committee will aim to respond to applicants within three business days. Only completed applications will be considered. If the committee asks for additional information or documentation, we ask that you respond to that request in a timely manner. Please be sure to check your St. John’s email regularly, as this is the account that will receive all official communications regarding the St. John’s Law Student Emergency Fund.  

Please remember that the committee will work diligently to support students and find solutions to the varied challenges presented. But though the need is great, funds are limited. We want to help as many students as we can, and to accomplish that we ask that everyone be thoughtful and sincere about your requests. Everyone applying for support should also continue to pursue all other available options, including applying for emergency loan assistance through the Office of Student Financial Services which can be reached at [email protected]

If you are struggling with other non-financial challenges, please remember that the University continues to offer many forms of support. You can access the Center for Counseling & Consultation remotely by filling out this form. And you can always reach out to our law school Student Services team by emailing [email protected].

Thank you to AccessLex for their generous contribution of $25,000 to our Student Emergency Fund.

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