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Legal Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, NY,
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program have obtained positions in government agencies, in the Federal and State court systems, in private and non-profit organizations and in large and small law firms. 


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:

  • Teaching students to think analytically and to conduct legal research.
  • Teaching students to write effectively.
  • Teaching students the practical skills that they will need to gain entry-level employment in law-related fields.
  • Teaching students the knowledge of the substantive law and of procedure that they will need to gain entry-level employment in law-related fields.

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.

Career Outcomes

Students explore the legal, ethical, practical and theoretical foundations of the law. After completing the Legal Studies program student should be able to:

  • Conduct factual and legal research and write summaries reporting on his or her findings.
  • Understand basic legal principles and locate relevant legal precedent as a preliminary to the legal advice to be rendered by an admitted attorney.
  • Organize and manage document reviews, demonstrative exhibits and perform other trial preparation tasks.
  • Draft for review and use by an admitted attorney contracts, real estate closing documents, pleadings and correspondence.

Students explore the legal, ethical, and constitutional foundations of the field and learn managerial, organizational, research and writing skills. Among other things, students learn the following methodologies:

  • The American judicial system and its constituent components.
  • Identification of interrelationships among cases, statutes, regulations and other legal authorities.
  • The ability to read, evaluate and analyze sources of law and apply them to related issues.
  • The ability to prepare, read and interpret basic documents used by the legal profession and government agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • An Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Research
  • Independent Study: Topics in Legal Studies
  • Legal Ethics
  • Tort Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Corporation Law and Practice
  • Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
  • Immigration Law
  • Taxation for Paralegals
  • Administrative Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Law
  • Elder Law
  • Social Security Disability Law
  • Education Law
  • International Law
  • Trial and Appellate Advocacy
  • Legal Issues and the University’s Mission, with Syllabus
  • Social Media Law
  • Independent Study: Topics in Legal Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official high school transcript(s) for all high schools attended
  • Official standardized test scores
  • Personal Essay 
  • Letters of Recommendation 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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