The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates at St. John&rsquo,s School of Law is a focused program of study tailored to give you the knowledge and skills you need to pass the New York Bar Exam and succeed in practice in this important jurisdiction. As a participant in the two-semester LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program, you will earn 24 credits, including:
* Two credits of Introduction to U.S. Law
* Five credits of U.S. Legal Analysis, Writing and Research
* Three credits of Professional Responsibility
You will also earn fourteen credits taking courses in subjects covered on the New York Bar Exam, as well as other courses offered in the Law School&rsquo,s J.D. program. We strongly recommend that all or most of these credits be taken in subjects tested on the New York Bar Exam. All LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies classes are held at the Law School, situated on St. John&rsquo,s University&rsquo,s scenic and dynamic Queens campus. We offer classes during the day and in the evening, full-time and part-time, accommodating a variety of student schedules.
Your Keys to the New York Bar
New York is home to the world&rsquo,s preeminent law firms and to leading attorneys in every practice area. It is the legal profession&rsquo,s hub and heart. The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates at St. John&rsquo,s School of Law is designed for one purpose: to get you ready to pass the New York Bar Exam and to gain admission to practice law in this unrivaled jurisdiction.
As a student in this program, you will:
* Learn from some of New York&rsquo,s best academic lawyers and most experienced practicing attorneys
* Live in New York City, the financial, cultural and commercial capital of the U.S. and a true World City
* Prepare yourself for the Bar Exam in a program focused closely on getting you ready to meet this challenge
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies at St. John&rsquo,s offers you these and many more keys to a rewarding legal career in New York and to the world of practice opportunities you can access as a New York lawyer.
Study What You Need and Where You Need It
LL.M. programs across the U.S. claim to qualify students to take the New York Bar Exam. But if passing the New York Bar Exam is your goal, why go anywhere but St. John&rsquo,s, a thriving law school in New York City? As a St. John&rsquo,s LL.M. student, you can take courses in New York Practice and New York Criminal Procedure taught by experts in the field, giving you a clear edge over students who study outside New York.
From the first day of our program, we integrate bar exam preparation into your coursework. For example, in our U.S. Legal Analysis, Writing and Research class, you practice writing essays through exercises drawn directly from past New York Bar Exam. This course also includes practice in completing the Bar Exam&rsquo,s Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Our Introduction to U.S. Law course offers instruction in the six Multistate Bar Exam subjects as well as other areas of law covered by the New York Essays portion of the Bar Exam.
After completing the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies curriculum, you will possess all the tools you need to pass the New York Bar Exam &ndash, how you use those tools is up to you.
We welcome your inquiries about the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies program at St. John&rsquo,s School of Law.
Admission to the St. John',s LL.M. in US Legal Studies Program is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship as well as professional achievements will be considered.
Any American or foreign law school graduate holding a first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school or a foreign law school recognized in the country where founded and located.
English Proficiency Tests
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program, it is essential that all students have a high level of comprehension and oral and written expression in the English language. Foreign graduates (other than students from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test prior to applying.