St. John's Law Mission Statement

Our Mission

Consistent with St. John's Vincentian Mission, and the metropolitan and global nature of the University, St. John’s Law seeks to: 

  • Provide access to an excellent legal education for all people, especially those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages
  • Maintain and strengthen our commitment to rigorous teaching, scholarly research, and innovative application of knowledge
  • Sustain and foster an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist community of diverse experiences and perspectives, emphasizing respect for the rights and dignity of every person
  • Inspire civic engagement, including inquiry into the causes of injustice and the search for adaptable, effective, and concrete solutions to these problems
  • Enhance student learning to empower graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values required for successful leadership in the local, national, and global legal profession

This mission statement draws on the University’s current strategic plan in the context of legal academic excellence, respect for the individual, fostering a vibrant intellectual community of diverse experiences and perspectives, and the pursuit of economic and social justice. It will serve as a constant aspirational reminder of what we strive for as an institution of legal education.