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St. John's Law School


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.

Contact Information

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
(718) 990-6474

Email: lawinfo@stjohns.edu
Website: http://www.law.stjohns.edu/

Fast Facts (Class of 2012)

  • Enrollment Information

    Applied: 4,036
    Enrolled: 231 (full-time); 21 (part-time day); 63 (evening)

    Women: 45%
    Minority: 22%

    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

  • Tuition (2009-2010)

    $42,200 (full-time); $31,650 (part-time)

Application Procedures

Application fee: $60
Application deadline: April 1 to receive priority consideration.

Applicants may apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or download a paper application from the school's website. In addition to the application and fee, applicants must submit:

  • 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.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Study Abroad

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%.

Post-Graduation Employment

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.

St. John's Law in the News

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