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More than $4.3 million in scholarships received!

Students who participated in John Jay’s Pre Law Institute are being accepted at law schools across the country.  From Georgetown Law School to Berkeley Law School in California, 25 John Jay’s Pre Law Institute (PLI) graduates have been accepted at 45 law schools.  “Many students received several offers and are now exploring their options,” said Vielka V. Holness, Director of PLI.  “In fact,” she added, “John Jay’s students have received more than $4.3 million dollars in scholarship awards including many full tuition scholarships to well-regarded law schools in the metropolitan New York City area such as Fordham University School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. Students also received offers of admission and large scholarships to top-ranked law schools throughout the country including the University of California at Berkeley – Boalt Hall, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Emory Law School, the University of Maryland, Northeastern, American, Chicago Kent, and Loyola-Chicago, as well as Pace Law School’s top-three ranked Environmental Law Program and New York’s own public law schools, SUNY Buffalo and CUNY Law.

The mission of John Jay’s Pre Law Institute, which was established in 2005 by President Jeremy Travis, is to "identify, motivate and prepare John Jay students and alumni who are interested in preparing for a career in law." The rigorous program, which includes Pre Law Boot Camps, focuses on building the types of skills that support and strengthen students' undergraduate academic achievement and enhance their performance on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

“The Pre Law Institute’s initiatives, which involve faculty, help students develop the kind of writing, reading and critical thinking skills that law schools seek,” explained Ms. Holness.  “For instance, through the Pre Law Boot Camp, students are exposed to the Socratic method and the other styles of law school learning, including how to build strong legal arguments and identify weaker ones,” added Ms. Holness, an experienced attorney who also directed law school career development centers and served on law school admission committees.


1. Albany Law School
2. American University Washington College of Law
3. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
4. University of Baltimore School of Law
5. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
6. Boston University School of Law
7. Brooklyn Law School
8. University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
9. University of California Los Angeles School of Law
10. California Western School of Law
11. The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
12. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
13. University of Cincinnati School of Law
14. City University of New York Law School
15. University of  Dayton School of Law
16. DePaul University College of Law
17. Drexel University School of Law
18. Emory University School of Law
19. Florida Coastal School of Law
20. Fordham University School of Law
21. George Washington University School of Law
22. Georgetown University School of Law
23. Hofstra University School of Law
24. Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington
25. The John Marshall Law School
26. Loyola Chicago University School of Law 
27. University of Miami School of Law
28. University of Michigan School of Law
29. Michigan State University School of Law
30. University of Minnesota Law School
31. New York Law School
32. Northeastern University School of Law
33. Pace University School of Law
34. Quinnipiac University School of Law
35. Rutgers University School of Law at Newark
36. San Diego University School of Law 
37. Seton Hall University School of Law
38. St. John’s University School of Law
39. Stetson University College of Law
40. Suffolk University Law School
41. SUNY Buffalo School of Law
42. Syracuse University College of Law
43. Thomas Cooley Law School
44. Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
45. Valparaiso University Law School

John Jay’s pre-law students achieved these admissions through their diligent efforts including their participation in several PLI programs among them the Pre Law Boot Camps, the LSAT Prep Program, and many other of the forty opportunities coordinated by the PLI each academic year.  While many students were enjoying seasonal breaks, over 150 of John Jay’s pre-law students participated in the intensive week-long academic-skill building Pre Law Boot Camps.  Students worked with Professors John Staines (English), Jacoby Carter (Philosophy), Victoria Bond (English) and Dainius Remeza (English) and instructor Carolyn Nelson (LSAT) in one or more of these four programs to improve their writing and critical thinking skills. 

The Pre Law Institute looks forward to furthering the academic opportunities available to John Jay pre-law students in collaboration with faculty and other on and off-campus partners during the 2013-2014 academic year.  To learn more about the Pre-Law Institute at John Jay, click here.  

August 28, 2013