From the School

St. John’s Law is prominent in the New York legal community and has produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in practice, government, and the judiciary for almost a century.

When we opened our doors as St. John’s College School of Law in 1925, a Brooklyn newspaper described our very first class as containing “every nationality, creed, cult, age, and section of the city.” Nearly 100 years later, we continue in our Vincentian mission to educate smart and driven students from diverse backgrounds; to teach them the fundamentals of law; and to help our students build the practical skills they need to succeed in the legal profession, to strengthen our communities, and to better the world.


From The School

St. John’s Law participates in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) administered by the Law School Admission Counsel (, which simplifies admission procedures. The priority application deadline is April 1 each year.

All applicants are automatically considered for financial aid. No separate application is required.

The Elements of a Completed Application
  • A completed St. John's University School of Law application
  • LSAT score
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher)
  • A personal statement
  • CAS report
  • Minimum of 2 (maximum 3) letters of recommendation
  • Optional video interview - a unique opportunity to provide additional information about yourself and demonstrate those personal attributes we consider important, but may not already be apparent in your application

Acceptance Rate
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

153 - 159


Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

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Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

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Degrees Offered

St. John’s Law offers the following degree programs:

  • J.D.
  • Accounting: J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.S
  • Bankruptcy: J.D./LL.M.
  • Business Administration: J.D./M.B.A.
  • Government and Politics: J.D./M.A.
  • Health Care Administration: J.D./M.P.A.

Programs and Curriculum

Gain The Skills And Knowledge You Need To Be Practice-Ready Starting Day One.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of legal analysis and gain the skills you need to be practice-ready at graduation. Our innovative offerings include:

Introduction to Law
To prepare entering students for the scope and rigor of the legal program at a premier New York law school, we have instituted a highly innovative first-semester course. It begins before other classes and is a two-week intensive course. It is a non-graded course to teach students how to read and brief cases so all first-year students are prepared to succeed.

Representing a range of practice areas and disciplines, our 10 centers will give you direct access to leading scholars and practitioners in the field.

In our 10 in-house and partner clinics, you’ll build practical skills hands on doing real legal work for New York City’s most vulnerable citizens.

Co-Curricular Programs
Through our three co-curricular programs, you’ll participate in team competitions that grow your dispute resolution and advocacy skills. Take advantage of these special opportunities in the local, national, and international arenas.

Externship Program
Running the gamut from the federal government to the family law firm, from the courtroom to the boardroom, and from litigation to transactional work, our externship placements take you to the center of New York City’s unrivaled legal and business community.

Honors Programs
Students selected to participate in any one of our four invitation-only honors programs join a special community where faculty members, St. John’s Law alumni, and other experts in the field offer guidance on, and opportunities to further, your career development.

Our 9 student-run journals offer you an unrivaled opportunity to research, write, and become a published author while adding an impressive experience to your resume.

Study Abroad Opportunities
With programs and alumni across the globe, St. John’s Law offers you a world of opportunities. You’ll explore the law in its global context.

Students Say

St. John’s University School of Law’s “greatest strength... is its willingness to go to bat for its students.” “Friends, alumni, and professors routinely make calls and write letters on behalf of students,” one happy student says. St. John’s provides a “strong alumni base, especially in the NYC area,” and has “a great reputation in the New York Judicial arena.” Consequentially, graduates “have an edge in both NYC and Long Island firms.” SJU “has a very collegial atmosphere” with “no backstabbing.” The friendly atmosphere is created in part by the fact that “each 1L class is divided into three groups that take all of their first year classes together.” Students quickly make friends and “camaraderie is pervasive, everyone works hard, [and] most are willing to help each other with outlines or forming study groups.”
“The teachers are uniformly excellent,” and most “have an Ivy League background” and are “experienced within their respective fields.” These “absolutely amazing” professors tend to have an “open door policy” and “are pleasant and willing to help.” “The professor student interaction is great,” although one student says there is “much too much emphasis on rote memorization of law that leads to cramming and a ‘brain dump’ on a single final exam.” “The professor takes a personal interest in his or her student” and the school “encourages participation in its trial advocacy, moot court and journal programs.” “A few (maybe 10 percent) of the Professors seem very unenthusiastic, like they don’t want to be there,” but overall the teachers are “excellent” and “accessible beyond belief.”
Student opinion on the administration is more divided. Some say that the “helpful” administration “works like clockwork.” Others say “the right hand never knows what the left is doing, and you can go to five different people with the same question and get five different answers.” A 2L says, “I would say the administration has your back. It’s not ‘us and them;’ it’s ‘us.’” Students are friendly with the Dean, who “tries to get to know everyone” and is frequently seen “walking around.” By far the most common complaint is a rather unusual one: “temperature regulation.” The “climate problem in the classrooms” means that “it can be fifty degrees in a room one day and ninety degrees the next day.” “Seriously, why is blazing hot in every other room?” one sweaty student bemoans. Otherwise, “the facilities are nice” and “classrooms have all been re-done in recent years and utilize current technology.” “The library is well organized and has a good variety of quiet areas and common areas for group work,” when students need to study. “The most valuable resource so far has been the Career Development Office,” a 1L tells us. “I was able to get instant feedback on cover letters and résumés. In the end, this led to me landing a desirable summer internship rather quickly.”

Career overview

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Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

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Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Many private law firms, government and public interest agencies, as well as judges and corporations hire St. John’s University School of Law Graduates.

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Prominent Alumni

Judge P. Kevin Castel ’75
United States District Judge, Southern District of New York

Elisa D. Garcia C. ′85
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Office Depot Inc.

Steven J. Gartner ′84
Co-Chairman, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Denise F. Keane ′76
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Altria Group, Inc.

Terence P. Winter ′88
Writer, Executive Producer and Director, The Sopranos; Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, Board


From The School

St. John’s Law is one the most affordable private law schools in New York by average debt load at graduation. Undiscounted tuition for students enrolled at St. John's University School of Law for the 2016-2017 academic year is $55,150 for the full-time program and $41,370 for the part-time program.

Cost of Attendance is a separate figure that represents the total cost of attending school and includes tuition, books and supplies, housing and food, transportation, miscellaneous and personal living expenses, and federal student loan fees.


St. John's School of Law is fortunate to be able to offer a large number of scholarships to our incoming students. For instance, 90% of the incoming class of 2016 received some type of merit-based scholarship with an average scholarship amount of $38,348.

As an applicant to St. John's School of Law, you will be considered for scholarship at the time your application for admission is reviewed. No supplemental application is required. There is no specific LSAT score or undergraduate GPA required to be awarded a scholarship.


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Application Deadlines
Mar 1

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From The School

There are also over 50 student organizations at the law school.

Student Body Profile

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% Under-represented Minorities

84% are full time
16% are part time
46% female
54% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“Stop by the cafeteria at lunch time and the noise and energy make it obvious these students ACTUALLY LIKE each other!” one student boasts. SJU students “are helpful, friendly, and the competition is not cutthroat.” Instead, students treat each other “like family” although “it is a bit cliquey at times.” “The admissions department does a great job of recruiting bright, thoughtful, dynamic and diversified groups of students.” That said, they do a poor job in “ethnic diversity” and the student body is “an utter white wash, though I think the school has improved that aspect over the last couple years.”
Despite being located in the NYC city limits, students say “you need a car at St. John’s” if you want to get anywhere. “The train ride to Manhattan is NOT reasonable,” taking about an hour to get from campus to Times Square. “There is practically nothing ‘within walking distance,’ if you consider ‘walking distance’ less than twenty minutes away,” one student grumbles. Still, if you can brave the ride then all of New York City is at your disposal. “Everything is what you make of it,” one student muses, “and St. John’s has a very large amount of opportunities to join groups that are highly involved, social, and supportive.”

More Information

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From The School

Campus and Location

St. John’s Law is located on a beautiful 100-acre campus in Queens—New York City’s largest, most diverse, and most affordable borough with great art, sports, and food. With the epicenter of global law practice and commerce right outside your front door, you’ll have access to hundreds of hands on learning opportunities that build your skills and your resume.


Queens consistently makes lists of the hottest neighborhoods in New York (MSNMoney, Condé Nast Traveler, TimeOut New York,, etc.). There’s shopping, professional sports, booming new businesses, nightlife, arts and an incomparable array of cuisines from all over the world. Queens is a unique borough, unlike any other place in the country.


Located on the main 100-acre St. John’s University campus in New York City, law students have access to all the benefits of a major university–sporting events, gym facilities, food options, cultural and arts events, etc.

Robert M. Harrison
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Financial Services

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439