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Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students

If you are interested in applying for the summer of 2019, the online applications will be availabe here at the end of December 2018.   Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.   

Accepting Applications until: 
March 18, 2019  - Prep Program Foundations
February 25, 2019  - Prep Program Program I
No longer accepting applications - Prep Program II

Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students furthers the Ron Brown Center’s 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 in courses taught by Law School faculty; through internships with judges and lawyers; in a customized LSAT prep course; and with advising on all aspects of the admission process.

Ron Brown Prep Program I (June 2019 – July 2019)

This program starts with an engaging curriculum taught entirely by law faculty helping students develop skills in legal writing, trial advocacy, legal research, and negotiation. Students do rigorous reading and writing assignments and take a mock law school final exam. They then intern with judges or lawyers in a variety of practice settings. 

Ron Brown Prep Program II (June 2019 – July 2019)

Students have on-site, in-person LSAT classes and diagnostics, learn in depth about the law school admission process, and work with professionals on their essays and resumes. After the on-site program ends, students continue with a proven online LSAT training program, take the October LSAT and return for a Diversity Admissions Fair at St. John’s Law in late October to early November.

LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS) – Prep Program Foundations (June 2019 – July 2019) - (For men only) - Free Tuition

This program is designed for any male student who will have completed their college freshmen year by the end of May 2019.  It features a unique academic and professionalism course that is taught by expert faculty and focuses on critical reading, writing and thinking skills as well as professionalism skills such as time management and speaking up.  Additionally, students are matched to New York State judicial internships where they work closely with a judge, lawyers and litigants.

Contact Us

Kamille Dean
Director, Diversity and Inclusion 
Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Ron Brown Prep Program
St. John's University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway | Queens, NY | 11439
Phone: 718-990-6469 | Fax: 718-990-8300
[email protected] | www.stjohns.edu/law

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
8000 Utopia Parkway | Queens, NY | 11439
Phone: 718-990-2492 | Fax: 718-990-8300
[email protected] stjohns.edu | www.stjohns.edu/law

Iris M. Diaz
Program Coordinator
St. John's University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway | Queens, NY | 11439
Phone: 718-990-2492 | Fax: 718-990-8300
[email protected] | www.stjohns.edu/law
 

Our Program

Please review the eligibility requirements and program fees below. Once you have your grades from the Fall 2018 semester, you can apply using our online application forms below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

The Ron Brown Center offers financial assistance to help defray the costs of tuition and/or housing. We strongly encourage all applicants who need financial assistance to apply for financial aid by completing the additional online forms below. Eligibility will be determined based on information similar to the FAFSA form. 

 All applications are scheduled to open December 2018.

Accepting Applications until: 
March 18, 2019  - Prep Program Foundations
February 25, 2019  - Prep Program Program I
No longer accepting applications - Prep Program II

LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS) – Prep Program Foundations (for men only)

Apply for Enrollment »

Apply for Financial Aid » (Note:  Free tuition, must submit Financial Aid application if seeking housing stipend)

Tuition: Free

The program is open to male college students and graduates who:

  • Have a genuine interest in attending law school and becoming lawyers
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least 24 college credits as of June 1, 2019
  • Are either low-income, first-generation college or professional students, or members of a group underrepresented in law school education

Ron Brown I Prep Program

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Apply for Financial Aid »

Tuition: $3,000

The program is open to college sophomores who:

  • Have a genuine interest in attending law school and becoming lawyers
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least 45 college credits as of June 1, 2019
  • Are either low-income, first-generation college or professional students, or members of a group underrepresented in law school education

Ron Brown II Prep Program

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Apply for Financial Aid »

Tuition: $3,000

The program is open to all college juniors who:

  • Have a genuine interest in attending law school and becoming lawyers
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least 75 college credits as of June 1, 2019
  • Are either low-income, first-generation college or professional students, or members of a group underrepresented in law school education

Housing

$350/week (subject to change)

Housing for Ron Brown Prep Program students is limited, but available in shared dormitory rooms on St. John’s Queens campus.

Partner with us in Helping to Diversify the Legal Profession

The Ron Brown Prep Program is among the nation’s best pipeline programs into the legal profession. Working with motivated and accomplished college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Ron Brown Prep Program provides long-term, comprehensive support and incredible summer opportunities. We could not achieve our outstanding outcomes without the generous support of sponsors.

Current Sponsors

  • Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
  • Harris Beach PLLC
  • Paul Hastings, LLP
  • Steptoe and Johnson LLP
  • Beatrice R. and Joseph R. Coleman Foundation for Environmental and Social Justice
  • Reginald Lewis Foundation
  • AXA Foundation
  • The United Negro College Fund
  • CUNY Black Male Initiative
  • Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • York College
  • CVS Health

Internship Opportunities

  • New York State Judges
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • AXA Equitable Legal Department
  • New York Attorney General’s Office
  • District Attorney’s Offices
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Common Cause

LSAT Score Boosts

Ron Brown students increasing their LSAT scores by an average of 12 points.

Scholarship Awards

Ron Brown students have received millions in scholarship dollars to fund their law school or graduate school education.

Law School Acceptances*

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason
  • George Washington
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard University
  • NYU University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania

*Students have been accepted and attended law schools around the United States with scholarship opportunities.

Campaign Goal: Raise $100,000 to enable 50 students to participate fully in the Program. If you would like to partner with us in diversifying the legal profession, please become a sponsor today.

There are two ways to employ a Ron Brown Prep Program student as an intern.

Ron Brown I Internship: In the latter portion of the Ron Brown I program, students intern for a month in a variety of legal practice settings. Past and intervening placements include:

  • AXA Equitable Legal Department
  • NYS Attorney General's Office
  • District Attorneys' Office
  • Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Bronx Public Defenders
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Solo Practitioners & Small Law Firms
  • Urban Justice Center

Bridge Internship

In the summer before matriculating in law school, outstanding Ron Brown Prep Program students are invited to do a bridge internship. Past bridge-employees are Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP, Paul Hastings LLP and the AXA Equitable Legal Department.

If you would like to be an employer and offer internship opportunities, please contact Professors Chiu or Castello at [email protected] or [email protected].

 

Past Ron Brown Prep Program students have seen their LSAT scores go up and have been accepted to more than 50 different law school, including:

  • Harvard
  • Yale
  • Boston College
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Duke
  • Fordham
  • Emory
  • Georgetown
  • Howard
  • NYU
  • St. John’s
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UCLA
  • U of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt

We also have more than twenty alumni in Masters and Ph.D programs. Prep Program have also been offered millions of dollars in scholarships from law schools around the country..

Testimonials

“I am the first and only attorney in my family. The Ron Brown Prep Program exposed me to information and connections within the legal profession early in my life (19 years old). It mentored me to be more competitive during the law school application process and throughout law school. Today, I am a practicing attorney and a young professional thanks to my family and the RHB Prep Program.”
Ron Brown Alum ’09

“The Ron Brown Prep Program helped me achieve all of my goals. My LSAT score improved drastically by 16 points from the diagnostic test to the actual exam…I received numerous full tuition scholarship offers, and even an offer with free housing as well.”
Ron Brown Alum ’14

“As a first generation college student, the pursuit of a career as an attorney was as elusive as it was daunting. The Ron Brown Prep Program guided me every step of the way and ensured I attended law school... I am now a semester-early graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, an attorney admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York and Connecticut, and United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. ”
Ron Brown Alum’09

“The Ron Brown Prep Program is unique because it provided the tools and support system to succeed on the LSAT and in law school. The most important thing about the Ron Brown Prep Program is the sense of security it gives its students. I encourage anyone, who is interested in investing in future professionals, to invest in the Ron Brown Prep Program.”
Ron Brown Alum ’08

Awards

Recipient, Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity (2011) American Bar Association Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline