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Future LLM Students

St. John’s University School of Law

8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, USA
Phone: 718.990.6600
Email: lawinfo@stjohns.edu | Website: www.stjohns.edu/law

Introduction

Located in the heart of New York City, the epicenter of international law and business, St. John’s Law offers an outstanding legal education grounded in the fundamentals of legal analysis and theory, and taught by a faculty of dedicated educators and accomplished scholars.

We augment our core curriculum by offering students a range of opportunities to learn the law hands on through upper-level skills-based courses, our 10 in-house and partner clinics, our extensive externship program, and diverse activities sponsored by our 8 academic centers. A large percentage of the class of 2015 participated in at least one clinic or externship, and we now offer 248 approved externship providers in the New York City area.

Our students also benefit from a redesigned approach to career development that is proactive, integrated, and individualized. Starting their first day at St. John’s Law, students work one-on-one with our experienced career counselors to identify and explore career pathways that interest them.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

Beyond our JD program, we offer American and foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to continue their legal education and gain targeted expertise in one of our four Masters in Law programs:

  • Bankruptcy
  • International Sports Law Practice
  • Transnational Legal Practice
  • US Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates

Bankruptcy

The LLM in Bankruptcy, the nation’s premier bankruptcy program, accepts only about a dozen highly motivated students a year. Our intensive and comprehensive curriculum includes more than two dozen specialized bankruptcy courses taught by a world-class faculty of leading professors, judges, and practitioners. Our graduates are successful and are employed by leading firms and courts.

The St. John’s LLM in Bankruptcy program is intensive and rigorous. The LLM in Bankruptcy requires the completion of 24 credits. Generous scholarships are available to qualified students.

This program, which combines academic rigor with a unique multidisciplinary approach, is designed to produce bankruptcy attorneys with the skills, the ambition, and the knowledge to become leaders in the insolvency field. We do not attempt to mask the intensity of the program; on the contrary, we want each applicant to understand the commitment that this program requires. We also want leaders of the insolvency community to appreciate the effort that each graduate will have made to successfully master such an enormously comprehensive program, and to understand that each is prepared to accept the responsibility of leadership that will go with the degree.

Rolling Admission and Application Deadline

Students may commence the program either in the fall or spring terms. We use a rolling admissions process and consider applications as they come in and make every effort to inform you of our decision as soon as possible after receipt of your completed application. An application is considered complete when the School of Law has received the following:

  • Completed and signed application
  • LSAC account number (if applying online)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An updated résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample (if available)
  • Official transcript from law schools (including class rank) and undergraduate schools attended
  • LSAT score (a copy of front sheet of the applicant’s CAS report, indicating LSAT score provided by law school)
  • Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable)
Contact Information

For additional information about the LLM in Bankruptcy, please visit the School of Law website, or contact

Yvette Gutierrez
Director of Bankruptcy Programs
St. John’s University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
USA

Phone: 718.990.5343
Fax: 718.990.8095
Email: LLM@stjohns.edu

International Sports Law Practice

The LLM in International Sports Law Practice is the first program of its kind in the United States. St. John’s School of Law has designed this program for attorneys with a passion for sports and a clear desire to practice in this rewarding, global legal specialty. Taught by the national and international sporting community’s top lawyers, agents, and managers, the program consists of a semester of academic courses at St. John’s and a semester working full time in a practice placement with a sports law firm, agency, team, league, or regulatory body, either in the United States or overseas.

In the first semester, students take courses that focus on legal issues in international and comparative sports law and US sports law, including antitrust, contract, labor, intellectual property law, and regulation of sports. In addition, students take an intensive negotiation, mediation, and dispute resolution course and begin work on the required master’s thesis.

In the second semester, students will gain firsthand experience through a full-time, on-site practice placement with a sports law firm, team, federation, sports agency, professional or major university team, league, or regulatory agency. All practice placements are arranged and assigned by St. John’s, with due consideration given to each student’s interests, language capacity, academic background, experience, and other skills and strengths. Students also complete their master’s thesis.

Rolling Admission and Application Deadline

Students must commence the program in the fall term. Applications should be submitted by May 15. The rolling admission process allows us to inform every applicant about their admission decision as soon as possible after receipt of a complete application. Later applications are considered on a space-available basis. A complete application should include the following:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An up-to-date résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Photocopies of transcripts from undergraduate and law school(s) (including class rank)
  • Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable)
Contact Information

For additional information, visit LLM in International Sports Law Practice, or contact

Iciar Murillo Cruz
Office of Transnational Programs
St. John’s University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
USA

Phone: 718.990.6769
Email: sportslaw@stjohns.edu

Transnational Legal Practice

The LLM in Transnational Legal Practice trains students in the skills and knowledge needed in the rapidly expanding cross-border practice of law. All students will take Transnational Legal Practice I and II, an integrated, full-year course that is the centerpiece of the LLM. Using a hands-on approach comprised of simulations that emphasize writing, oral advocacy, and negotiation skills in a series of multijurisdictional problems that implicate domestic, foreign, and public international law, the course will focus on cross-border transactions, transnational civil dispute resolution, practice before international and domestic courts and tribunals, and advice and representation before regulatory bodies.

Participants also choose a track to focus their studies in addition to Transnational Legal Practice I and II. Most students will choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • International Trade & Investment Law
  • Public International Legal Practice
  • Transnational Dispute Resolution

Alternatively, students who have individualized professional needs or personal interests may design a tailored course of study, such as international intellectual property, corporate law, bankruptcy, or criminal law. With these tracks in mind, students will fill out the rest of their schedule from a variety of electives in order to fulfill the required 24-credit minimum for graduation.

Each LLM candidate is required to maintain a B- average throughout the program in order to graduate. Due to the intensity and rigor of the LLM program, full-time students are not permitted to work.

Rolling Admission and Application Deadline

Students may commence the program in the fall or spring terms. Applications should be submitted by May 15 for the fall term and by November 15 for the spring term. The rolling admissions process allows us to inform every applicant about their admission decision as soon as possible after receipt of a complete application. Later applications are considered on a space-available basis. A complete application should include the following:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • LSAC account number
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An up-to-date résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Photocopies of transcripts from foreign law schools (including class rank, when possible)
  • Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable)
Contact Information

For additional information, visit LLM in Transnational Legal Practice, or contact

Lucas Rezende
Director of Transnational Programs
St. John’s University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
USA

Phone or Skype: 718.990.6948
Email: tlp@stjohns.edu

US Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates

The LLM in US Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates is a unique program tailored exclusively for foreign law school graduates intending to pursue two goals: acquire a fully accredited American degree specializing in US Law and obtain eligibility to apply for the New York bar exam. Students will be immersed into the study of fundamental subjects of US law such as constitutional law, torts, evidence, contracts, criminal law, and New York practice. St. John’s University, with its campuses in New York City, is the perfect choice for students seeking a high-quality legal education that blends bar preparation, academic study, service opportunities, professional training, and real-world experience within a diverse and highly supportive community.

In order to receive an LLM degree in US Legal Studies at St. John’s Law School, students must complete 24 credit hours. Of these, 10 credits are comprised of Introduction to US Law (2 credits), US Legal Analysis and Writing I and II (4 credits), US Legal Research (1 credit), and Professional Responsibility (3 credits). Six credits must be selected from among JD courses in subjects testable on the New York Bar, and 8 credits from among elective JD courses. We highly encourage students to take all their electives in subjects testable on the New York Bar.

Each LLM candidate is required to maintain a B- average throughout the program in order to graduate. Due to the intensity and rigor of the LLM program, full-time students are not permitted to work and have to enroll in a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Full- and part-time students must comply with proper immigration and employment regulations.

Rolling Admission and Application Deadline

Students must commence the program in the fall term. Applications should be submitted by May 15. Later applications are considered on a space-available basis. The rolling admissions process allows us to inform every applicant about the admission decision as soon as possible after receipt of a complete application. A complete application should include the following:

  • Completed and signed application
  • TOEFL score (above 100, but students with lower TOEFLs may be conditionally admitted with Advanced Legal English required before regular courses commence)
  • LSAC account number
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An up-to-date résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Photocopies of transcripts from foreign law schools (including class rank, when possible)
  • Application fee of $100 (nonrefundable)
Contact Information

For additional information, visit LLM in US Legal Studies, or contact

Lucas Rezende
Director of Transnational Programs
St. John’s University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
USA

Phone or Skype: 718.990.3014
Email: usls@stjohns.edu

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