Prep Program for College Students

The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development has several path-breaking and successful pipeline initiatives designed to increase the pool of students of color going to law school, lawyers of color entering legal academia and lawyers of color interested in higher education administration.


The RHB Center's flagship pipeline program is the Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students, which we launched in 2005. Over the years, the Prep Program has grown and thrived in partnership with:

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies
  • St. John’s University
  • York College/CUNY
  • United Negro College Fund Colleges

The Prep Program aims to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds − often the first members of their family to attend college − to apply to law school and pursue the study and practice of law.

Through a rigorous selection process, each participating undergraduate college selects sophomores to attend a nine-week summer program during which they take law school courses taught by St. John’s faculty, engage in internships with judges and lawyers in a variety of practice settings and receive ample guidance on the law school admissions process. Students who successfully complete the program for sophomores can apply to participate in the program for juniors the following summer, when they take a comprehensively designed LSAT prep course, attend motivational workshops and work with a legal writing professor to write their personal statements.