The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
The Legal Studies Program at St. John’s University prepares students for law school, graduate school or entry-level employment in law-related fields by:
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program have obtained positions in government offices and administrative agencies, in the Federal and State court systems, in private and non-profit organizations and in large and small law firms.
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program have been accepted at major accredited law schools, including NYU, Georgetown, George Washington, Emory, Temple, Pace, Fordham, Hofstra, Brooklyn and St. John's, among others.
Students in the Legal Studies Program also have obtained internships in Federal and State Courts, in City, State and Federal politicians’ offices, in District Attorney's Offices, at the Legal Aid Society, at Queens Volunteer Legal Services, at the St John's University School of Law Securities Arbitration Clinic and in private law offices.
The Legal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Education Program. This program cannot be completed wholly online. A majority of the courses in this program must be taken in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Legal assistants and paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies requires the completion of 120 credits of coursework.
Required Coursework: 15 Credits from the following courses:
The Legal Studies Required Courses lay an important foundation by teaching the core college competencies of research, writing and analytical thinking through the analysis of legal problems and by teaching the ethical and legal constraints that legal professionals practice under.
Students are encouraged to complete the Legal Studies Required Courses in their first two years at St. John’s. Ideally, students will complete LES 1100 in their first semester at St. John’s, LES 1101 and 1015 in their second semester at St. John’s and LES 1102 and 1004 in their third or fourth semesters at St. John’s. LES 1100 is a prerequisite for all Legal Studies courses. LES 1100 and 1101 are prerequisites for LES 1102.
In addition to the Legal Studies Required Courses, students take an additional 24 credits of legal studies and/or related criminal justice, business or technology courses. The Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Programs offers the following law-related electives. Students must take at least nine credits of “Legal Specialty Elective” courses. Students who satisfactorily complete both LES 1011 (Real Estate I) and LES 1012 (Real Estate II) also qualify to sit for the New York State Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam.
* With permission of the Director
** Legal Specialty Elective
While at least nine credits of this professional elective coursework must come from “Legal Specialty Elective” courses, students can take the remaining 15 credits of such coursework in legal studies or in any of the following domains: BLW (Business Law), CRJ (Criminal Justice), HLS (Homeland Security), ACC (Accounting), MGT (Management), ENT (Entrepreneurship), FIN (Finance), CUS (Computer Science), IT (Information Technology), NET (Networking), CSS (Computer Security Systems), DFR (Digital Forensics) and HCI (Health Care Informatics).
This flexibility allows students to take courses that can be applied to a professional minor in this college (see our list of minors here) or in the Tobin School of Business. Students must meet with a dean before enrolling in a minor.
36 Credits from the following courses:
Modern Foreign Language/Cultural Studies: 6 Credits from: either (i) one foreign language or (ii) both ART 1000C and LAC 1000C.
In addition to the 42 credits in the liberal arts from the university core curriculum, students are required to take an additional 18 credits in the liberal arts and sciences, for a total of 60 credits in the liberal arts and sciences—as required by New York State. Students are required to take three credits in math and students are required to take three credits from either Psychology 1001 or Sociology 1001. But, students can take their additional 12 credits in this area in any of the following domains, or in any combination of the following domains: ECO (Economics), ENG (English), GOV (Government), HIS (History), PHI (Philosophy), PSC (Political Science), PSY (Psychology), SOC (Sociology), SPE (Speech), THE (Theology), BIO (Biology), CHE (Chemistry), MTH (Math), PHY (Physics), ARA (Arabic), CHI (Chinese), FRE (French), GER (German), HIN (Hindi), ITA (Italian), JPN (Japanese), KOR (Korean), RUS (Russian), or SPA (Spanish).
This flexibility allows students to take courses in or to minor in traditional pre-law areas like Economics, English, Government, History and Philosophy. This flexibility also allows to take courses in or to minor in a foreign language.
21 Credits of Free Electives.
In addition to working with respected scholar-practitioner faculty in the classroom, Legal Studies students can participate in many other learning activities.
Student Organizations. Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs, organizations and honor societies at St. John's, including these:
Information about our student organizations can be found here.
Internships. As suggested above, many students complete internships while at St. John’s and the faculty and career services personnel are available to help students with the process of obtaining internships. Students who want assistance with resumes, cover letters and navigating the SJU database of internships should contact Maria Alfonso in Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students on the Queens Campus who have an internship and would like to discuss receiving academic credit for that internship should contact Professor Mary Noe at email@example.com. Students on the Staten Island Campus who have an internship and would like to discuss receiving academic credit for that internship should contact Professor Ellen Boegel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.Y. Real Estate Salespersons License. Students who satisfactorily complete both LES 1011 (Real Estate I) and LES 1012 (Real Estate II) qualify to sit for the New York State Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam. Talk to your Real Estate Instructor for details.
The Legal Apprentice. Many students publish articles in The Legal Apprentice, an undergraduate legal journal for law articles written by SJU college students. Additional information about the Legal Apprentice, including model articles, deadlines and submission guidelines can be found here.
Law School/Graduate School and Dual Degree Programs. Many Legal Studies Students are interested in law school or graduate school and ultimately attend law school or graduate school. In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, there are a number of additional opportunities available to these students.
All St. John's students benefit from the University's many outstanding facilities and resources. Computer laboratories contain sophisticated PC and Mac workstations with a full range of the latest academic software packages.
High-tech classrooms and lecture halls feature sophisticated multimedia equipment. Lounges and quiet study areas enhance the research experience in our 1.7 million-volume University Library. The 127,000-square-foot D’Angelo Center, the new University and Student Center, features high-tech classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, full service food court as well as lounges and study areas.
Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.