What will I learn?

Our LL.M. in Bankruptcy degree program is the nation's only LL.M. program devoted to bankruptcy law. This highly successful program offers a wide array of specialized bankruptcy courses taught by leading practitioners, judges and academics. Our graduates practice with top firms and clerk for influential judges throughout the country. The LL.M. program is only one part of the nation's most extensive bankruptcy program -- a program that also includes the leading bankruptcy journal, the national bankruptcy moot court competition, and the national bankruptcy mediation training program.

The LL.M. in Bankruptcy degree program is intensive and rigorous. It requires the completion of 24 credits. The program combines academic rigor with a practice-oriented approach that is designed to produce bankruptcy attorneys with the skills, the ambition and the knowledge to become leaders in the insolvency field. Students are permitted to take the program full-time (one year) or part-time (two to three years), entering in either the fall or spring semesters.


The LL.M. degree requires 24 credit hours. The 10 hours of required courses are listed immediately below. For the remaining 14 hours of elective credits, students can select from a wide array of specialized LL.M.-level bankruptcy courses. The elective course descriptions follow the listing of required courses below. Although nearly all LL.M. students limit their coursework to bankruptcy LL.M. courses, additional electives are available from both the regular J.D. curriculum and the M.B.A. curriculum of St. John’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (24 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $2,109 per credit. This fee is for 2021 and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

18 January 2022


St. John's University

Queens Campus,

8000 Utopia Parkway,


New York,

11439, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university including official transcripts from each institution attended.

For international students

Acceptance will be based on the individual’s performance at undergraduate and law schools, experience in practice (where applicable), published and unpublished written work. Particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant having achieved an outstanding academic record in obtaining a Juris Doctor from an accredited A.B.A. law school and on the applicant’s employment history and documented promise in the practice of bankruptcy law..

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Requirements: Minimum score required - 600 paper-based score; 250 computer-based score; 100 Internet-Based. In addition, the following minimum scores are required: 5 TWE (Test of Written English) component, 26 Reading and listening, subsections, 22 Writing subsection of the IBT (internet-based test). IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Requirements: The minimum score required is 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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