St. John's University School of Law
|St. John's University
School of Law
|Location||Jamaica, New York, US|
|Dean||Michael A. Simons|
St. John's University School of Law is a Roman Catholic law school in Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States, affiliated with St. John's University. The School of Law was founded in 1925, and confers Juris Doctor degrees and degrees for Master of Laws in Bankruptcy and Master of Laws in U.S. Studies. Over 13,000 St. John's Law graduates are currently practicing law in the United States and foreign jurisdictions. In 2013, 87.5% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school seventh-best among New York's 15 law schools.
LL.M. in bankruptcy
St. John's University School of Law offers the only LL.M. in Bankruptcy law in the United States. The program is a 30 credit LL.M., with six credits devoted towards a thesis. St. John's School of Law offers over two dozen classes focusing on various issues in bankruptcy. Required courses for the program are: Reorganization Under Chapter 11; Bankruptcy Fraud, Ethics, and Malpractice; Bankruptcy Taxation; Bankruptcy Jurisdiction; Bankruptcy Procedure; and Consumer Bankruptcy. Classes are taught by a mixture of Law Professors, Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges, and practicing attorneys. The St. John's LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program is fully accredited. It has been approved by the New York State Department of Education, and has received the acquiescence of the American Bar Association.
Combined and joint degree programs
- Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Master of Arts. Degree in Government and Politics
- J.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (SJU Tobin College of Business)
- J.D./Master of Laws (LL.M.)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and J.D. Degree (in conjunction with the various colleges of St. John's University)
Bar passage rates
St. John's University School of Law typically ranks in the top 4 – 6 in bar exam passage for first-time test takers among the fifteen New York State law schools:
July 2010 – 87% (6th) / Overall New York State Average – 86% 
July 2011 – 88% (7th) / Overall New York State Average – 86% 
In 2013, 87.5% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school seventh-best among New York's 15 law schools.
National Ranking: for 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. John's Law 98th 
Important: According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 49.1% of graduates obtained full-time, long term, bar admission required positions (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation, ranking 136th out of 197 law schools.
- St. John's Law Review /St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research
- New York International Law Review
- St. John's Journal of International & Comparative Law
- American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
- Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development
- N.Y. Litigator
- N.Y. Real Property Law Journal
- Admiralty Practicum
- Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (formerly The Catholic Lawyer)
Clinical and externship programs
- Elder Law Clinic
- Child Advocacy Clinic
- Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic
- Prosecution Clinic
- Criminal Defense Clinic
- Securities Arbitration Clinic
- Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic
- Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Clinic
- Bridge to Justice Clinic
- Civil Externship Program
- Criminal Justice Externship Program
- Judicial Externships Program
- International Human Rights Externship Program
Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition
The Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition is an annual bankruptcy moot court competition sponsored by St. John's University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). The competition is named in memory of former Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein, who was a St. John's alumnus and former ABI Director. The competition focuses on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. It is the largest single site appellate moot court competition, with approximately 60 law school teams participating. It is also the only bankruptcy moot court competition in the nation. Bankruptcy practitioners judge the preliminary rounds and briefs. New York-area bankruptcy judges from around the country judge the later rounds of the competition.
St. John's Moot Court Honor Society and American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review members organize and run the competition. Additionally, they prepare the bench memo for the judges, field ghost teams, and serve as bailiffs during the competition.
Following the final round, which is held at the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn, NY, a gala awards banquet is held at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The banquet is attended by over 1,000 guests, including competitors, leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners. The competition winners, best briefs and best advocates are recognized at the awards banquet.
The 20th annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition took place from Saturday, March 10 through Monday, March 12, 2012. The 21st annual competition took place from Saturday, March 9, 2013 through Monday, March 11, 2013.
The Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute
The Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute (PTAI) is the mock trial program for St. John's University School of Law.
Mock Trial Championships:
- 2012 National Trial Competition, Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), Region 2 Champions
- 2012 AAJ National Trial Competition, Regional Champions
- 2011 National Trial Competition, Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), Region 2 Champions
- 2010 Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition
- 2010 ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
- 2009 National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions
- 2007 National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions
- 2005 Loyola National Civil Trial Competition
- 2004 Georgetown National White Collar Crime Competition
- 2003 National Trial Competition, Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA)
- Joseph P. Addabbo, U.S. Representative from New York (1961–1986)
- Michael Balboni, Deputy Secretary, Public Safety – New York State
- Ron Brown, former United States Secretary of Commerce
- Hugh Carey, former Governor of New York
- Gregory W. Carman, former Chief Judge and current Judge U.S. Court of International Trade; former U.S. Congressman
- William J. Casey, former Director of Central Intelligence
- Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, former Judge, New York Court of Appeals
- Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York
- Raymond J. Dearie, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- George Deukmejian, former Governor of California and Attorney General
- Dominick L. DiCarlo, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters and chief judge of the United States Court of International Trade
- Dan Halloran, former New York City Council Member, Queens, New York
- Charles Hynes, former District Attorney of Kings County, New York (Brooklyn)
- Raymond W. Kelly, former New York City Police Department Commissioner
- Harvey Pitt, former Chairman of United States Securities and Exchange Commission
- Charles B. Rangel, current U.S. Congressman
- Ian Schrager, Hotelier and Real Estate Developer
- Joanna Seybert, current Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- David D. Siegel, legal scholar and commentator
- Thomas Spota, District Attorney of Suffolk County, New York
- John E. Sprizzo, former Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning American writer and producer of television and film
- "School of Law History". Stjohns.edu. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
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- "20th Annual Competition Winners". Stjohns.edu. March 13, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
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