pre-law institute

Pre-Law Program Application

Law School Prep Program I Details


This intensive three-day program offered by the Pre-Law Institute (PLI) will provide you with in-depth exposure to the case method, which is the primary teaching approach used in American law schools. Starting with a thorough introduction to the basic principles of American law and the structure of the US legal system, this program will then introduce you to the fundamentals of working with appellate decisions—the types of decisions which make up the bulk of law school reading—and how to effectively and systematically analyze them. You will also be taught the basics of how to brief law school cases and to respond to law school exam questions.

Application and Admission

This course is open to John Jay juniors, seniors, and alumni. Others may be admitted if space permits. Current students must be in good academic standing to participate. Transfer students to John Jay are encouraged to apply.

All applicants for LSPP I must:

  • Complete the application for the Law School Prep Program I.
  • Submit a two to three-page, double-spaced essay that responds to the following question: Please describe an academic or professional experience in which you have had to use critical or analytical thinking to deal with a problem. Describe the context and the nature of the problem as well as the approach you took to analyze the problem. Finally, please explain what you see as the value of analytical (critical) thinking to your future work as a lawyer..
    Please be advised that this essay is an academic writing exercise and you should proofread carefully for grammar, content, and punctuation. Your response should be entirely your own as it will be electronically checked for plagiarism.
  • Read the Agreement portion on the application form. By submitting your application, you are indicating your agreement with all of the items listed.

Admissions Decisions and Notification

  • Admissions decisions to the Law School Prep Program I will be made based upon an evaluation of academic performance and your application materials
  • There is no GPA requirement and all students are encouraged to apply. In the event we have more applicants than seats available, we will look at your GPA and essay very closely to help make our admission decision.
  • You will be notified via email of our decision. In your acceptance email, you will be notified of the required reading that must be done before the first day of the Program.
  • Please contact us at if you have any questions.
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