Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars Program

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The Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars program will sponsor the success of four (4) John Jay pre-law students over the course of each student’s junior and senior years at John Jay. In support of John Jay College’s mission, Educating for Justice, the Pre Law Institute prepares pre-law students to successfully enter law school and the legal profession. Student sponsorship will provide funding and preparation for the law school application process and will include:

  • funding and admission to a full length LSAT preparation course
  • funding of the registration fee for the LSAT
  • funding of the fee for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • mentoring by Scholars program founder, attorney Paula Howell Anderson
  • guaranteed admission to Pre Law Boot Camps
  • preferred admission status for all Pre Law Institute educational programs
  • funding for at least 10 LSAC law school reports
  • invitations to networking and informational programs
  • individualized pre-law advisement with a special emphasis on law school selection


Scholarship Founder

The Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars program is made possible through the generosity of John Jay College Foundation Trustee and alumna, Paula Howell Anderson, who is an unstinting contributor to the work of John Jay College and its Pre Law Institute. Ms. Anderson, a partner in the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP, has built an international reputation in areas such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, cross-border commercial disputes, M&A-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust and international arbitration. She serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and co-chaired its Black Lawyers Affinity Group. In addition to her work as a litigator, Ms. Anderson has done extensive pro bono work teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at the International Criminal Court. Ms. Anderson earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she was class valedictorian, before obtaining her law degree from Harvard Law School. For more information about Ms. Anderson review the following links:


Selection Criteria

  • Be a student with “junior” standing who will graduate at the conclusion of the spring 2016 semester; preference is given to students who will have completed no fewer than 60 credits before the beginning of the fall 2014 semester
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities
  • Have demonstrated a dedication to the pursuit of a legal career


Expectations of Scholars

  • Use the scholarship award to defray the costs associated with applying to law school
  • Participate in Pre Law Boot Camps in January 2015 to strengthen writing and logical reasoning skills
  • Participate in the LSAT Prep Program from June through September 2015
  • Attend pre-law advisement sessions each semester
  • Be mentored by Scholars program founder, Ms. Anderson
  • Participate in networking and informational programs to gain exposure to attorneys
  • Create annual messages of appreciation for the program’s founder
  • Attend the annual scholarship donor appreciation event, Champions of Justice, and receptions and graduation ceremonies in support of the of the program


Application Timeline

  • Students interested in the Paula Howell Anderson PLI Scholars program should apply between September 1st and October 1st
  • Selection interviews will be conducted during the month of October
  • Finalists will be notified of their selection during the week of November 3rd


How to Apply

  • Interested applicants should submit an application to the Pre Law Institute at or at Pre Law Institute, 445 West 59th Street, 1100 North Hall
  • The application will consist of:
    • a completed application form
    • 2 letters of recommendation; at least 1 letter must be from a John Jay faculty member
    • An essay not exceeding 450 words in response to this question: Why do you want to go to law school and what have you done to demonstrate this interest?
    • a current and complete résumé
    • an official transcript of all college courses taken at any institution with the exception of John Jay


Click here to download the application. 

The Pre Law Institute

The Pre Law Institute prepares John Jay College students to successfully enter law school and the legal profession by crafting academic skill-building programs and professional development initiatives and by emphasizing early and intensive student engagement in developing the analytic and critical writing skills that students will need to perform optimally as law school applicants and as law students. For more information about the PLI review the mission, major goals and vision statements: