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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 seven-week program consists of an academic component and legal internship component. If you are interested in being an internship host for 1-2-3 college students this summer, please read here for more details.

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.

Note: additional programming for the Summer of 2021 is TBD. See program description and FAQ below.

The Application Process

LSAC PLUS Online is open to college students who: 

  • Have a genuine interest in attending law school and becoming lawyers
  • Have two or more years until the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree by the end of May 2021 (rising sophomores and rising juniors, meaning current freshmen and current sophomores)
  • 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:

  • Resume
  • Most recent unofficial college transcript
  • Personal Statement / Statement of Interest
  • One Letter of Recommendation (Second LOR is optional)

The College Division is open to students who: 

  • Hold current status as a college junior or senior in good standing
  • Are committed to taking the LSAT in Fall 2021 and applying to law school by the conclusion of the 2021–22 or 2022–23 application cycle
  • Have the ability to attend Program Orientation in May 2021

The following items will be required to send in an email in ONE SINGLE PDF to [email protected] in addition to filling out the digital application:

  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages)
  • Personal Statement (500 word essay outlining your understanding of SCS JIP’s mission, how you fit it, and why you want to help us achieve it)
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional – 2 to 3 letters maximum)
  • The application is available at: https://www.scsjip.org/college-student-internship-program/

Application Dates

LSAC PLUS Online

  • Opens: January 15, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2021

College Student Internship Program

  • Opens: January 20, 2021
  • Early Application Deadline: February 17, 2021
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis: February – April 2021
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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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for the 2021 LSAC PLUS Online program and when is the deadline?

A: Applications for 2021 LSAC PLUS Online are now closed. The final deadline was March 15, 2021.

Q: How do I apply for the College Division program and when is the deadline?

A: The application is available at this link (see The Application Process section for exact web address if hyperlink is broken). Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please refer to the application website for further details regarding dates and the program schedule, and eligibility. If you have any questions about the College Division program, please contact [email protected]

Q: Do I have to pay tuition or any program fees for LSAC PLUS Online?

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

Q: What is the start date for LSAC PLUS Online?

A: The start date for LSAC PLUS Online is Monday, June 7, 2021.

Q: What is the LSAC PLUS Online program’s schedule (time of day, days of the week)?

A: The program runs from June 7, 2021 to July 23, 2021. You must be available for all sessions, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT. For the internship portion, hours will vary depending on the host. Note that we are likely to work with hosts on Eastern Time.

Q: What undergraduate level do I have to be in to participate in LSAC PLUS Online?

A: Freshman (Rising Sophomore for the Fall of 2021) or Sophomore (Rising Junior for the Fall of 2021).  

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. LSAC will provide assistance regarding laptop loans and Internet access. This assistance is free of cost to you.

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

High School Program Highlight Reel


The efforts of the Ron Brown Prep Program would not have been successful without the hard work of many people including: faculty members Professors Robin Boyle, Rosa Castello, Jeremy Sheff, and Rachel Smith; program coordinators Christine A. Kowlessar (St. John’s Law JD, Class of 2019) and Tatiana Orizaba Nicoll (St. John’s University, BA, Class of 2020); and five outstanding current law students (Aminah Ali, Benjamin Ranalli, Ridmila Singh, Zachary Sobel, and Ashley Williams). We are also grateful for the commitment of Dean Michael A. Simons and Vice Dean for Administration Sarah Kelly.


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.