St. John's University School of Law

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Founded 1925 | ABA Accredited 1937

St. John's University School of Law opened its doors on September 28, 1925. Founded 55 years after the opening of St. John's University by the Vincentian Community, the School initially dedicated itself to educating the children of individuals who had been denied access to economic and educational opportunities.

The School currently boasts more than 13,000 living graduates and attracts students from over 200 colleges and universities throughout the country. The current student body of approximately 1,000 represents students from many backgrounds, all of whom have excelled in undergraduate institutions, and many of whom have been employed prior to starting their law studies. Today, the School of Law's original vision has widened to include students from all parts of the nation and the world who share a mutual commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

St. John’s University School of Law has produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in practice, government, and the judiciary. 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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Robert Harrison


"What's most interesting to me is that students in our part-time evening program typically have higher average GPAs than our full-time day..." - Robert Harrison Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Financial Services, STJ Law

February 08, 2011 \ Robert Harrison is Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Financial Services at St. John's University School of Law. He received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University and his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law. He has been Assistant Dean at St. John's Law School since December, 2000 and prior to this he was Associate Director of Admissions at New York Law School. Before entering law school admissions, Dean Harrison was a practicing attorney with Brody & Fabiani, where he specialized in the defense of toxic tort matters, including AIDS transfusion cases, asbestos litigation, and labor law. Prior to this he was an associate with Martin, Clearwater & Bell, where he specialized in the defense of professional liability matters, including medical, attorney, and architecture malpractice. He has served on the LSAC Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process Subcommittee, and the LSAC ISD Advisory Group. In addition to his current responsibilities as Assistant Dean, Dean Harrison is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Professional Responsibility.

AD Dean Harrison, thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me today.
RH My pleasure, Don.
AD So first off, I love the Success Stories pages on the SJU Law website. And I notice that a lot of the alums you highlight either come from or now live in the New York area. Do you think students from out-of-state who are considering St. John's Law School as an option will call into question whether SJU Law is the right fit for them?
RH Well, historically, St. John's Law has been around for almost 90 years and for a good part of the history, most of our students came from the New York City area and obviously have stayed here. So our roots and our presence is found throughout the New York legal world. However, for probably the last 10-15 years at least, we have been casting our net wider and attracting a more national applicant pool. And currently about 20-25% of the class comes from outside of the New York metropolitan area. And so we are now steadily building a national alumni base. Typically, those 20-25% who are not from the New York City area relocate back to their hometowns throughout the country once they finish attending SJU. So we are also seeing our national alumni base grow significantly now, too.
AD Okay, I understand.
RH About 12 or 15 years ago, the university added a dormitory housing and now St. John's Law has its own apartment complex just a short distance of campus. So now we can encourage people to come to St. John's Law and have a place for them to live, and not have to navigate the New York housing market.

AD Traditionally, is St. John's more of a commuter school?
RH That was the case until we had housing for students, but we are pretty well located here in Queens. By that I mean we are near quite a number of highways, we are pretty close to where the subway lines come in, and the bus lines come right in front of the University. Our students commute from the entire New York metropolitan area--obviously Queens, but also Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester, and also Long Island -- and they can find there way here easily through various means.

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