Pre Law Institute
1100 North Hall
445 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
The Pre Law Institute
The Pre Law Institute was created by President Jeremy Travis in December 2005 with the mission to "identify, motivate and prepare John Jay students and alumni who are interested in preparing for a career in law." What distinguishes the Pre Law Institute from undergraduate pre-professional and graduate advisement offices and career development centers is its emphasis on creating skill-building programs which support and strengthen students' undergraduate academic achievement and enhance their performance on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) while actively exposing students to information about the rigors of a legal education and a legal career. Most importantly, Pre Law Institute programs are designed to focus students on these important intellectual and professional development processes as early as their freshman year. By focusing on students' early development of the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills they will need to perform well in college and law school, the Pre Law Institute creates a path for success for students early in their undergraduate careers.
The Pre Law Institute also provides direct advisement services to John Jay College students and alumnae/i whether they are exploring the possibility of a legal career or are engaged in the law school application process. Faculty pre law advisors engage students in one – to – one sessions to guide them through the many preparatory steps all pre law students are encouraged to take. Advisors help students get actively involved in pre law activities, such as attending the LSAC Law School Forum, joining the John Jay Law Society, and attending workshops tailor-made for John Jay College pre law students. In addition to individualized advisement, the Institute has formed many working partnerships with area attorneys, law schools and academic departments to enhance learning opportunities for all John Jay College pre law students. The Pre Law Institute has also developed learning communities that use intersession courses to encourage peer support, while helping students develop critical analytical skills.
Vielka V. Holness, JD, MPA, Director
Ms. Holness is the Director of the Pre Law Institute. Ms. Holness is the President Elect of the Northeast Association of Pre Law Advisors (NAPLA). She received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University (Politics and Psychology), a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan School of Law and a Master's of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Holness has significant experience as a litigator and employment lawyer. After practicing law for several years she worked with New York area law schools directing law school career development centers and participating in law school admission committees. Ms. Holness leads the efforts of the Pre Law Institute to provide academic skill-enhancing programs for John Jay pre law students and manages the daily operation of the Institute. She provides one-to-one pre law advisement to students and alumnae/i and hosts the Pre Law Institute Facebook Fan Page.
Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, JD, Pre Law Coordinator
Ms. Broccoli is the Pre Law Coordinator of the Pre Law Institute. She holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Boston University. Additionally, she has studied international criminal law and human rights in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ms. Broccoli is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina. Prior to coming to John Jay, she served as a staff attorney at a non-profit law firm in Asheville, North Carolina where she represented low-income clients in civil legal matters. Ms. Broccoli counsels students preparing for law school.
James Cauthen , Faculty Pre Law Advisor
James Cauthen is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a JD from the University of Virginia, and a MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on individual rights under state constitutions and state high court decision making. He teaches courses on judicial process and state and federal constitutional law and is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award from Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. As a Faculty Pre Law Advisor, he counsels students preparing for law school.
Dainius Remeza, JD, Faculty Pre Law Advisor
Dainius Remeza is a Lecturer in the English Department. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Remeza's educational and professional diversity contribute to the cross- disciplinary focus of the Writing Program. A member of the New York Bar and an instructor on the English faculty since 2005, he is currently developing courses within the legal writing curriculum that will significantly expand upon current offerings for those students considering law school and law-intensive careers. As part of this initiative, he is developing a legal writing course text geared specifically for undergraduates who have no prior experience with the American judicial system or legal terminology. He has also taught writing courses for business, management and public administration, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as courses in ancient and medieval literature.
Francheska Jimenez, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Jimenez is the Administrative Assistant for the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She attends Stony Brook University, majoring in English and minoring in Child & Family Studies. She is currently obtaining her certification to be a NYS Teacher. Francheska provides administrative support to the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities and assists students in making use of both offices’ services.