St. John's University Law School is a Roman Catholic institution located in Jamaica in New York City's Queens borough. As of 2010, it is ranked #72 by U.S. News and World Report. Although St. John's has a good reputation among NYC law firms, the cost of living is quite high and paying off substantial debt could become difficult if you don't secure a high-paying job out of law school.
On the bright side regarding tuition, St. John's Law is noted for offering good financial aid packages, including grants and scholarships.
St. John's Law's three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from mid-August to mid-May; there is also a part-time program, ranked #24 by U.S. News in 2010. There are both part-time day and evening programs. The school has information on housing on its website.
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Fast Facts (Class of 2012)
Enrolled: 231 (full-time); 21 (part-time day); 63 (evening)
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 16.4
Class of 2012 GPA/LSAT Scores (Full-Time Students)
LSAT 25%-75%: 156-163
LSAT Median: 161
UGPA 25%-75%: 3.16-3.70
UGPA Median: 3.48
$42,200 (full-time); $31,650 (part-time)
Application fee: $60
Application deadline: April 1 to receive priority consideration.
- LSDAS report
- Personal statement
- Up to three letters of recommendation
For complete information on admission procedures at St. John's Law, see J.D. Admissions.
St. John's Law accepts transfers only to begin in the fall semester. In addition to the application and fee, interested students should provide the following:
- LSDAS report
- Official transcript
- Dean's certification
- Statement of reasons for requesting transfer
For more information on transferring to St. John's Law, see Transfer Students.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor at St. John's Law, students must complete 86 credits.
St. John's Law also offers several joint degree programs, including a JD/MBA Program, JD/MA in Government and Politics, and a JD/LLM in Bankruptcy and JD/LLM in Legal Studies.
St. John's Law offers summer study abroad programs in Rome and Barcelona.
Law Journals and Other Activities
St. John's Law has seven student law journals, including the following: St. John's Law Review/St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research, Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, and N.Y. Litigator.
Along with many student organizations, the law school also has several centers for specific legal interests such as The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, and The Center for Law and Religion.
Bar Exam Passage Rate
Most St. John's Law graduates take the New York Bar Exam; in 2009, they achieved a 92% pass rate while the state average was 83%.
St. John's Law reports that 96% of the Class of 2009 was employed or pursuing graduate education nine months after graduation. Fifty-eight percent work in law firms, 17% in government positions, 15% in business and industry, 4% in judicial clerkships, and 3% each in academia and public interest positions.
The median salary for those working in law firms was $147,500, while the median salary for those in public interest positions was $47,700.