Convocation – August 17, 2020

Law School formally begins with Convocation this Monday, August 17, 2020. I want to take a moment to give you some logistical information that will help you to navigate the exciting day.

First Year Convocation and Orientation – Monday, August 17, 2020
This will be your official welcome to St. John’s Law. It is required for all entering students (full- and part-time students).

  • Intro to Law classes 4B & 5C check-in will begin at 8:30 am and Convocation begins at 9:00 am.
  • Intro to Law classes 3B & 6C check-in will begin at 10:30 am and Convocation begins at 11:00 am (This event is also being live-streamed for Intro 7 – Online students).
  • Intro to Law classes 1A & 2A check-in will begin at 12:30 pm and Convocation begins at 1:30 pm.
  • Online Intro to Law class – Convocation begins at 11:00 am – You will receive a direct link from Webex to join this session prior to the event. An email with details to participate virtually for the day was sent to you – please contact if you need assistance.

Please arrive at Marillac Terrace, located behind the Law School, no more than fifteen minutes prior to the start of your check-in. Following the Convocation ceremony, we will go immediately to the Law School for Orientation. Orientation will consist of a Q&A session on Academic Issues and Law School expectations, as well as your first class session of Introduction to Law. Boxed lunch will be provided.

*Dress is business casual, and we recommend comfortable walking shoes along with layered clothing as you will be both outside and inside during the day. This event is for students only and we cannot accommodate guests.

You should have received an email communication from your Introduction to Law Professor with any instructions and assignments for your first class as well as required books for the class. If you are unable to procure a copy of the course book, please contact

Student Handbook
The Student Handbook contains policies and rules that apply to you as a St. John’s University School of Law student. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the rules, regulations and policies of the University and the Law School and are expected to read and abide by the policies included. The Handbook is available on the St. John’s Law website, and will be updated within the next few weeks so be sure to check back for the latest version.

Release & Acknowledgments
All students must submit the mandatory Release and Acknowledgments form regarding the Student Handbook, photos and media, and health and safety policies. You will receive a separate email directing you to complete the electronic form. If you have any questions about this form or the University policies included there, please feel free to reach out to me or the Student Services team at

Storm Card
You will need a University identification card (“StormCard”) whenever you come to the Law School building and other University facilities. Please be sure to review the information and complete the form HERE to sign up for your StormCard.

Entry to Campus
Masks are required on campus and you must complete the COVID-19 Screening.

COVID-19 Screening through St. John’s University Connect App and Mandatory Daily Campus Pass

Before arriving to campus each morning, you will need to complete a COVID screening questionnaire and present your campus pass to the Public Safety officer at Gate 1 upon arrival. To access this questionnaire please download the free St. John’s University Connect mobile application from your device’s app store. Once you open the application, select the “Resources” option on the bottom right hand of your screen. The questionnaire will be the first option in that page. After successful completion, you will be able to open your green “Campus Pass” on the Home screen of the app. This pass will grant you entry to campus for one day only. You will also automatically receive a copy of the Campus Pass to your St. John’s email address. If you will not have a smart phone with you when entering campus, please be sure to complete the questionnaire at home and print the email confirmation with your Campus Pass for the day. Screenshots showing the steps to complete the COVID screening within the app were sent to you, attached to an email for your reference. You will not be permitted on campus without a valid digital or paper Campus Pass for the day.

Before 10am tomorrow, Friday Aug. 14, please download the St. John’s University Connect app and test to ensure that you are able to successfully obtain a Campus Pass through the COVID screening questionnaire. For assistance with technical issues related to the app, the University IT Service Desk can be reached at 718-990-5000 (business hours are 7:30am-7:30pm Monday through Friday)

Please be sure to enter campus through Gate 1. You may be asked to present your campus pass to a Public Safety Officer. Once you enter campus, drive through the security gate and enter the parking lot on your left. Please see the attached campus map emailed to you for clarity on where to enter Gate 1 and where to park.

If you plan to purchase and pick-up course materials from the bookstore on campus, you will need to print your textbook list from before coming to campus. You will need your X-number to find your book list.

8/16/20 – Sunday 12PM-5PM
8/17/20-8/21/20 – Monday -Friday, 9AM-4PM (online pickup hours 10AM-3PM)
8/24/20-9/04/20 – Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM (online pickup hours 10AM-4PM)

Additional Questions? Concerns?
Please do not hesitate to contact me or our Student Services Coordinator, Zachary Piper, at with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation.


Eric Shannon
Senior Director of Student Services
St. John’s University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway | Queens, New York 11439

You Will Need a Parking Permit to Park On Campus. You Can Apply Now on UIS.

All students who plan to park on campus must have a parking permit and should park in the appropriate parking lot. You can apply for your parking permit online through UIS. To apply, log into UIS, click “Personal Information” and then “Parking Permit Application” and follow the on-screen instructions. All permits will be mailed directly to applicant’s home address within five to seven business days. You can find more information about campus parking regulation HERE.

Introduction to Law – Response Requested

Dear Incoming Law Students,

We are excited to welcome you to campus, in-person or remotely, next month.

Here are a few logistics for you to consider before then: 

1. Our online pre-session orientation presentations will be available to view during the week of August 10. You will receive more details about those presentations in the coming weeks.

2. The semester will begin on Monday, August 17 with Convocation, Orientation, and your first class—Introduction to Law. A specific schedule for August 17 will be posted on our Incoming Student Center in the coming weeks. Introduction to Law is a required, two-week long intensive course that will be held August 17 – 28. You will receive more specific information from your Introduction to Law professor next week. However, you should plan to be available for an assigned morning or afternoon block of class during August 17 – 28. If you prefer to take Introduction to Law online, in a synchronous format during morning hours, you may opt to do so this year. Please email Theresa Hallet,, if you would like to do so.

3. The public health situation in New York remains encouraging. To keep it that way, Governor Cuomo has directed those coming to New York from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in New York. Details on this interim order can be found here. If this self-quarantine applies to you, you have two options: arrive in New York by August 3 or take Introduction to Law online. If you are opting into Introduction to Law online, please complete the form above by Thursday.  If you are living in University housing, more details will come shortly about when University housing will be available to students coming from restricted states. The general move-in date for University housing will be Thursday, August 13.

4. Introduction to Law will conclude on Friday, August 28, and your other fall semester classes will begin on Monday, August 31.

Please plan accordingly and follow future updates on the health situation in New York on the state website, which includes an updated list of states that require self-quarantine.

We look forward to you beginning law school with us.

July Events

Just Mercy Book Discussion—If you haven’t participated yet, there is still time to join!
Monday, July 6, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Professor Elaine Chiu
RSVP here

First-year law students book discussion of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Police Accountability: What Does It Really Look Like?
Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at St. John’s Law.
Tuesday, June 30, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
Register to attend this Zoom event and submit a question to our panel.

“I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s last words continue to resonate across the country and around the world as protestors and activists call out rampant police brutality and demand accountability. Police Officer Chauvin now faces murder charges, and fellow officers involved have all been charged with aiding and abetting crimes. 

Join us as we welcome a panel of experts who are working on the ground as lawyers and public servants to examine and address police misconduct. Panelists will answer audience questions so we can better understand police accountability, frame the consequences of inaction,  and advocate for reform and justice.

Law Matters: Setting a Higher Bar for Workplace Safety and Dignity
Hosted by Dean Michael A. Simons.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Register to Attend this Webex Event

With businesses re-opening across the country after the pause for COVID-19 and in the wake of the senseless killing of George Floyd, it’s imperative that workers return to a safe, hospitable, and productive workplace.

Our guests will bring their range of experience in labor and employment matters to a discussion of the legal, ethical, and moral issues related to workplace safety and dignity. We’ll also take audience questions during our Q & A segment.

Game Night – with Prof. Sheff – Settlers of Catan
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT

It’s game night!
Meet some of your new classmates online for a digital spin on the classic, challenging board game Settlers of Catan. Your host for the evening is Professor Jeremy Sheff, Director of our Intellectual Property Law Center.

To join in the fun, please RSVP by July 21st. The game is free, but you’ll have to download it, register as a player, complete a short tutorial, and share your Settlers ID before you can play. 

We’ll share more information before the event.

See you there!

St. John’s Law Student Affinity Group Social
Join this social event designed for first-year law students to learn more about student affinity groups at St. John’s Law.
Date: late July/early August
More information to follow!

The virtual event will be hosted by our Student Bar Association President and featured speakers will be from the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA), the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), the South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), OUTLaws and Allies, the Women’s Law Society (WLS), and the Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ).