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Our 2021 Pipeline Programs

The Ron Brown Prep Program is proud to announce that St. John’s University School of Law will be one of the host law schools for the 2021 LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program (“LSAC PLUS Online”).  PLUS Online at St. John's University Law School is funded by the Law School Admission Council, Inc. ("LSAC"). 

The Ron Brown Prep Program is also proud to announce that we will be hosting our high school cohort for the second year in a row, Assembling a Dream Team for the Court...Room: An Introduction to Sports Law for High School Students, sponsored by the NBA G League's Long Island Nets and the WNBA's New York Liberty.

The Ron Brown Prep Program will also continue to partner with the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (SCS JIP) for this upcoming summer in launching the inaugural College Student Internship Program.

Like most people across the globe, we had to make substantial changes to our plans in light of the pandemic. You can read more about our virtual 2020 Summer in the Ron Brown Prep Program Rewind section below. We are thrilled to be able to continue our commitment to diversifying the legal profession and to helping individuals pursue their dreams through alternate courses of action and the unwavering support we receive. We are also thankful for the resources provided to our students through our partnerships, such as those at 7Sage.com Please continue to take precautionary measures to stay safe and healthy in these times.
 


The Application Process & Deadlines

LSAC PLUS Online application is closed.

The College Division application is closed.

2021 Assembling a Dream Team for the Court…Room: An Introduction to Sports Law for High School Students is open to high school students who: 

  • Can participate fully in this two-week programming from July 12 to July 23;
  • Are of any grade level;
  • Attend school or reside in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island;
  • Have a genuine interest in attending law school and becoming lawyers
  • Are members of a group underrepresented in legal academia and the legal profession 

The following items will be required for upload in addition to filling out the digital application—please read the instruction in the application details in its entirety; it explains each component:

  • Resume (maximum 2 typed pages)
  • Self-Report High School Transcript
  • Personal Statement (maximum 2 typed pages)
  • List Two References
  • Headshot

The application is available at: https://stjohns.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0ua2s?source=

  • Rolling Deadline has been extended to: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT
 

LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program
June 2021-July 2021 
Sponsored by the Law School Admission Council 

The seven-week program consists of a four-week academic curriculum, LSAC PLUS Online, and a multi-week legal internship. This learning experience is designed for college students from diverse backgrounds who will have a minimum of 2 years of credits until they complete a 4-year bachelor's degree by the end of May 2021. The program will begin with LSAC PLUS Online on June 7, 2021; it will be full-time and all virtual. It is expected that students must have a compatible device (computer, webcam, microphone) and access to Wi-Fi to participate. For admitted students in need of assistance, LSAC will provide laptops and internet access at no charge. Students may continue to use the equipment provided through the end of the internship.

Each student will receive $1,000 stipend for participation in LSAC PLUS Online; the Ron Brown Prep Program will provide students with a stipend for the internship. 

This innovative pipeline programming features a legal writing course and a doctrinal legal course taught by expert faculty, and focuses on critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. There will be a series of workshops that offers not only an exposure to the law, but also to law school and the application process. These workshops will be comprised of discussion panels or alternative formats and will include the following: Law School Admissions Overview; Personal & Diversity Statements/Resumes; Law School Admissions Test (LSAT); Law School Overview (Curriculum, Student Support, Clinical Opportunities, etc.); Law Student Perspectives; Introducing a Variety of Career Pathways. 

In addition, there will be community building activities to enhance other skills and abilities, such as teamwork and collaboration, and stimulate emotional support as students embark on their legal journey. Subsequently, students are matched to legal internships where they will transition from the virtual classroom to the virtual workplace and work closely with lawyers and/or judges.  

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The College Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program
May 2021-July 2021 

The Sotomayor Program’s College Division in partnership with the Ron Brown Prep Program at St. John’s Law supports diverse and underrepresented college students who are committed to bringing their unique voice to the legal field. The Sotomayor Program’s College Division includes: (1) an LSAT boot camp to focus the college students on the best law school to which they can gain entry, (2) rigorous academic, professional, and personal programming from legal research and writing to professional branding, wellness coaching, and soft skill trainings, and (3) our signature judicial internship experience to provide practical experience and mentorship opportunities. Our hope is to provide college students with the skills and resources necessary to successfully apply to law school and become a practicing attorney. The Summer 2021 program will run for 8 weeks on a full-time basis and include a 4-week judicial internship and a 4-week LSAT Prep program. Due to COVID-19 concerns, some portion or all aspects of the internship may be held in a virtual format. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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Assembling a Dream Team for the Court...Room: An Introduction to Sports Law for High School Students July 2021

Sponsored by the Long Island Nets & New York Liberty

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 Note: The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, June 29th.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for the 2021 programs?

A: Applications for 2021 LSAC PLUS Online and SCS JIP College Division are now closed.

The application for the 2021 High School Sports Law Program is still open!

To apply for the high school program, simply click the blue "Apply" button at the bottom of this page, and you will be directed to the online application form. Please complete the form and upload all required materials. When you are done, click the blue "Submit Application" button!

Q: When is the deadline? What does it mean to be "rolling"?

A: The deadline to apply has been extended to Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. Rolling means that we will accept and respond to applications on a continuing basis. We will begin accepting candidates as applications come in, which can be before the deadline. Students may apply after the deadline; however, please be aware that there may be limited spots available or none at all at that point, and applicants will be notified of their application status accordingly.

Q: Do I have to pay tuition or any program fees?

A: No, this program is completely free of cost to you!

Q: What is the start and end date for the program?

A: The program runs from Monday, July 12th, 2021 to Friday, July 23rd, 2021.

Q: What is the program's schedule (time of day, days of the week)?

A: You must be available for all schedule sessions, Monday through Friday, during the two weeks. The hours for each day will be from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time, excluding the Virtual Closing Ceremony which will be carried out into the evening hours on the last day. Keep in mind that this current schedule is tentative and subject to change, but it will be a Monday through Friday commitment from July 12th to July 23rd. 

Q: What type of classes are scheduled?

A: Classes include sports law and civil rights, and an introduction to negotiation theory.  There will also be a variety of workshops and panels.

Q: What grade level do I have to be in to participate in this program?

A: You can be an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or just recently graduated high school this year. 

Q: Is this program for all New York City public high school students?

A: The program is open to students who live or attend school in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island

Q: I do not have a working laptop/webcam/microphone. What do I do? (I do not have a Wi-Fi connection. What do I do?)

A: Upon admission, please let us know as soon as possible if you need any technical assistance, especially concerning a properly functioning device or access to the Internet.
 

Contact Us

For inquiries about the Ron Brown Prep Program, including our 2021 programming, please contact us at: [email protected]

Leadership

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Elaine M. Chiu
Professor of Law &
Faculty Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Ron Brown Prep Program
St. John's University School of Law
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Rosa Castello
Professor of Legal Writing &
Assistant Faculty Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Prep Program
St. John's University School of Law
[email protected] 

Christine A. Kowlessar
Program Coordinator, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Prep Program
St. John’s University School of Law
[email protected] 

Tatiana Orizaba Nicoll
Assistant Program Coordinator, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Prep Program
St. John’s University School of Law
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Aida Vernon
Program Coordinator (Weekend LSAT Boot Camp),
Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Prep Program
St. John’s University School of Law
[email protected] 

Mission

The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and its flagship Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program both advance the mission of engaging in legal studies, research, and outreach on issues affecting the lives of disadvantaged and underrepresented people; increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in the legal profession; and educating law students to be leaders on issues of racial, economic, and social justice. To help raise the number of diverse, disadvantaged students in law schools, the Ron Brown Prep Program identifies these students in their college years and offers them early exposure to the study and practice of law.

The Ron Brown Prep Program prepares students for the challenges of law school and for the law school application process. Participants gain an edge through: courses and workshop taught by law school faculty and the Prep Program team; internships with judges and lawyers in varying industries; a customized LSAT prep course; and advising on all aspects of the admission process.

Ron Brown Prep Program Rewind

Check out our Newsletters to read more about our past summers!

Summer of 2020: Advancing Our Mission in a Virtual Space

In its 15th year, the Prep Program had its first virtual summer and also its busiest summer ever, serving diverse students across four distinct programs and supporting their journeys to law school: (1) the Virtual Summer LSAT Boot Camp hosted by the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program and the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (SCS JIP); (2) the Weekend LSAT Boot Camp funded by the Access Lex Center for Legal Education Excellence and its Diversity Pipeline Research Grant Program; (3) LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program Online; and (4) Assembling a Dream Team for the Court...Room: An Introduction to Sports Law for High School Students, sponsored by the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets and the WNBA’s New York Liberty.  

Three of the four programs were new initiatives; the High School Sports Law Program was especially ground-breaking because of the unique collaboration between two local professional sports teams. Below is a write-up in the New York Post, applauding the teams and the Prep Program for stepping up to the plate together to meet the challenge of an unprecedented summer with meaningful, impactful investment into the future of young people. 

https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/nets-liberty-and-st-johns-start-law-course-for-hs-students/

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Summer of 2019: A Message from One of Our Students

Our Program

We have served over 500 students from diverse backgrounds. Past Ron Brown Prep Program students have seen their LSAT scores increase, and more than 300 students attend or have graduated from more than 55 different law schools, including the nation's top law schools.

  • Harvard
  • Howard
  • Yale
  • Indiana University
  • Boston College
  • NYU
  • Brooklyn Law
  • Northwestern
  • Cardozo
  • St. John’s Law
  • Columbia
  • UC Berkeley
  • Cornell
  • UCLA
  • Duke
  • U. Florida
  • Emory
  • U. Georgia
  • Fordham
  • U. Michigan
  • Georgetown
  • U. Penn
  • George Washington
  • Vanderbilt

​​​Prep Program students have been offered millions of dollars in scholarships from law schools across the country. We also have more than twenty alumni in Master’s and Ph.D. programs.