John Jay’s Pre Law Institute Contributes to Rise in Law School Admissions & Scholarships

John Jay’s Pre Law Institute Contributes to Rise in Law School Admissions & Scholarships

John Jay’s Pre Law Institute Contributes to Rise in Law School Admissions & Scholarships

Over $9.5 Million in Scholarships for Students Accepted to Law Schools  

The recently concluded 2013-2014 law school application season was especially productive for John Jay students, with 41 individuals affiliated with the Pre Law Institute (PLI) securing acceptances to 65 different law schools, as well as receiving over $9.5 million in scholarship awards.

“These students were admitted to many well-regarded law schools, including several selective institutions within New York City, such as the New York University, Fordham, Cardozo Law School and Brooklyn Law School,” said Vielka Holness, the PLI Director and head of the Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities. “Many other top-ranked law schools across the country are included with not just offers of admission but also large scholarships.”

Holness credited the increase in law school admissions to students’ involvement in PLI programs such as the Pre Law Boot Camps, the LSAT Prep Program and Scholarship, and the more than 40 other opportunities offered by PLI each year.

The newest PLI initiative — the Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars Program — will help each of four John Jay pre-law students to prepare for law school applications. The program is funded by alumna Paula Howell Anderson, who went on to Harvard Law School and is now a partner at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP, as well as a Trustee of the John Jay College Foundation.

The Anderson PLI Scholars will be chosen on the basis of their academic achievements and dedication to the pursuit of law school. The scholarship will cover costs related to registering for the LSAT, the Credential Assembly Service and the Law School Reports as well as law school application fees and participation in Pre Law Boot Camps, LSAT preparation and other PLI programs, in addition to advisement and mentoring.

The Pre Law Boot Camps are held during seasonal breaks in the academic year, giving students an intensive, week-long opportunity to polish their writing, critical thinking, argumentation and logical reasoning skills. Holness also pointed out that the PLI works to increase student success by providing increased access to individual and group advisement sessions, identifying private sponsorships, increasing the number of schools and students participating in the Graduate and Professional School Fair in conjunction with the Center for Career and Professional Development, and increasing the number of internships for pre-law students.

In addition to Anderson, the PLI enjoys the support of John Jay College Foundation trustees Anne Beane Rudman, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson and Richard Koehler.

For more information on the PLI, including the Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars Program, visit

List of law schools to which John Jay pre-law students were accepted.
  1. Albany Law School
  2. American University Washington College of Law
  3. Appalachian School of Law
  4. Arizona Summit Law School
  5. Ave Maria School of Law
  6. Barry University School of Law
  7. Baylor Law School
  8. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  9. Brooklyn Law School
  10. California Western School of Law
  11. Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  12. City University of New York School of Law
  13. The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America
  14. Creighton University School of Law
  15. DePaul University College of Law
  16. Elon University School of Law
  17. Florida Coastal School of Law
  18. Florida International University College of Law
  19. Fordham Law School
  20. The George Washington University Law School
  21. Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  22. Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  23. John Marshall Law School
  24. Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  25. Massachusetts School of Law
  26. Marquette University Law School
  27. Michigan State University College of Law
  28. Mississippi College School of Law
  29. New England Law | Boston
  30. New York Law School
  31. New York University School of Law
  32. North Carolina Central University School of Law
  33. Northeastern University School of Law
  34. Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
  35. Notre Dame Law School
  36. Oklahoma City University School of Law
  37. Pace Law School
  38. Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
  39. Quinnipiac University School of Law
  40. Roger Williams University School of Law
  41. Rutgers School of Law-Newark
  42. Seton Hall University School of Law
  43. Southwestern University School of Law
  44. St. John's University School of Law
  45. St. Thomas University School of Law
  46. Suffolk University Law School
  47. SUNY Buffalo Law School
  48. Syracuse University College of Law
  49. Temple University Beasley School of Law
  50. Touro Law Center
  51. Tulane University School of Law
  52. University of Baltimore School of Law
  53. University of California Davis School of Law
  54. University of California Hastings College of the Law
  55. University of Dayton School of Law
  56. University of Minnesota Law School
  57. University of New Hampshire School of Law
  58. University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  59. University of San Francisco School of Law
  60. Wake Forest University School of Law
  61. Washington and Lee University School of Law
  62. Western New England University School of Law
  63. Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg, PA)
  64. William Mitchell College of Law


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