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St. John's University School of Law

Celebrating over 80 years of excellence in legal education, St. John’s School of Law has produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in practice, government, and the judiciary. Among our graduates are former New York governors Mario M. Cuomo and Hugh L. Carey, former Court of Appeals Judges Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Theodore T. Jones, and the School’s former Dean and former Court of Appeals Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa. The law school plays a prominent role in the New York City legal community, imbuing all that it does with the University’s Vincentian tradition.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 889
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.13 - 3.66
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 84.64%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78.29%
Tuition $48,070

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Overview

About St. John's University School of Law

Celebrating over 80 years of excellence in legal education, St. John’s School of Law has produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in practice, government, and the judiciary. Among our graduates are former New York governors Mario M. Cuomo and Hugh L. Carey, former Court of Appeals Judges Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Theodore T. Jones, and the School’s former Dean and former Court of Appeals Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa. The law school plays a prominent role in the New York City legal community, imbuing all that it does with the University’s Vincentian tradition.

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St. John’s University School of Law “places an emphasis on how to actually become a lawyer, not an academic” and boasts a bar-passage rate that’s consistently higher than the Empire State’s overall percentage. St. John’s also comes equipped with an impressive array of academic bells and whistles. “There are very strong programs in bankruptcy and labor and employment law.” The host of clinics is “a big draw.” Highlights include secu­rities arbitration, and a couple interesting programs involving immigration rights. There’s also “a wide range of courses,” “numerous journals and organizations,” and an “outstanding” speaker series.“There are some really incredible professors and some really miserable professors” at St. John’s Law. “There’s no in-between.” Students say that most fall in the incredible category, though. They “do an outstanding job of mixing the Socratic Method while making clear the purpose of each class.” “Our professors make the law real,” declares a 1L. “They make sure we know the legal theories, but they also make sure we know why the theories matter and how we’ll use those theories in practice to advocate for our clients.” Full-time professors are “always around and accessible.” “They eat breakfast and lunch in the cafe and sit with students to chat with them.” Adjuncts are often a very different story. “Meeting with adjunct professors without an office on campus can be so difficult to arrange, it’s headache-inducing,” grumbles a 2L. Some students say that the top brass takes “an active, positive role in students’ lives.” “The dean makes an effort to know the name of every student in the school,” they say. Other students contend that bureaucracy is “nightmarish,” particularly if you’re unlucky enough to face anyone outside the law school. “I dread having to deal with the general university’s administra­tors,” notes a 2L.Without question, St. John’s has a “broad” and “engaged” alumni network, which is “invaluable, especially for students looking to practice in the New York area.” “The alumni provide you with positions or connections in any way they can,” beams a 1L. “Alumni give their time to a significant number of the school’s activities, such as panels and mock interview programs.” “Career Services could be better,” though and students seeking to work in big firms face grimly stiff competition from the gaggle of big-name schools in the region. Networking with loyal alums is paramount because “few St. John’s students” land plum jobs through traditional on-campus interviews.The larger university is quiet by New York City standards. Although “the building is pretty run down,” there’s ample space and the facilities are “very modern.” “The library is fantastic.” “Classrooms are comfortable,” but occasionally crowded. Climate control can be a problem. “The environmental control system cannot regulate the temperature properly,” explains a 3L, “so you need to come dressed prepared for anything as each room has the potential to range from Arctic to Sahara.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 13

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 309

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/MA(MS); BA (BS)/JD; JD/LLM

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 70%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 5%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 7%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $48,070 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,320 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $66,390 $48,070

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$61,108 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

St. John's University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Total 153 - 161

St. John's University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.13 - 3.64
Part-Time 3.11 - 3.69
Total 3.13 - 3.66

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 98%
First Time Pass Rate 85%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $64,350
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 59 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 17 8%
Business Industry 44 20%
Government 30 14%
Public Interest 7 3%
Federal Clerkship 6 3%
State Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 6 3%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 45 16%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 3%
NY 92%
International 1%
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