PreProBono Helps With Student's Journey to Top Law Schools

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Pre-law student, James Ganley, beats the odds and gains admission to top law schools with the help of PreProBono. Since 2008, PreProBono has offered free LSAT prep and law school admission consulting to thousands of economically disadvantaged and minority students. Help PreProBono help you!

James always figured that he didn't have much of a shot at a top law school, until he found PreProBono

I just assumed that people applying for those schools had the benefit of Ivy League pedigrees, personal LSAT tutors, and access to high-priced admissions consultants. How could I possibly compete with them?

James Ganley was never a typical pre-law student. He had wanted to go to law school ever since his involvement in the law institute at James Madison High School, but the chances of that seemed slim – after all, his daily routine included walking through a set of metal detectors every morning. In fact, he hadn't even learn to read properly until the second grade. Even after he had already given the odds a thorough thrashing and locked down a spot in the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter, law school still seemed a long way away.

“I always figured that I didn't have much of a shot at a top law school,” James recounted. “I just assumed that people applying for those schools had the benefit of Ivy League pedigrees, personal LSAT tutors, and access to high-priced admissions consultants. How could I possibly compete with them?”

How, indeed.

After identifying his talent at one of their 2011 weekend programs, PreProBono took James under their wing as one of their 2011 Summer Fellows, providing him comprehensive LSAT preparation and admissions consulting services free of charge. His stellar LSAT performance and well-polished application meant that, contrary to his prior expectations, he had plenty of top law schools to choose from. After extensive deliberation, he decided to accept an offer from New York University Law School, as a member of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business and will matriculate in the fall. As part of this highly-competitive scholarship program, James will receive nearly $90,000 in tuition assistance spread over three years, along with mentorship and career opportunities. James also received admissions to Duke, UVA, Penn, and Harvard.

“We’re all so proud of James,” said PreProBono Senior Instructor Jonathan Wang. “He's a bright, talented guy who just needed the same opportunity to shine that many take for granted every day. We gave him that opportunity, and he ran with it. His story really proves that what we're doing has a real, positive impact on peoples' lives.

PreProBono Co-Founder JY Ping agreed, adding: “James was a wonderful student, and we’re very pleased that he has embraced our altruistic philosophy and is assisting us with our Weekend and Fellowship programs. Giving our students access to an instructor who was recently in their shoes will inspire them. James’ results speak for themselves. His generosity sets a fantastic example for our current and future students.”

For his part, James is excited to be able to give back. “Of course I’m helping PreProBono run programs; I received so much, so it’s the least I can do. I never dreamed that I would have the opportunities that are now available to me, and I’m really looking forward to seizing them. I hope that I can do for someone else what PreProBono did for me.”

PreProBono is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and underrepresented minority pre-law students obtain admission to law schools so that they may pursue careers in public interest, humanitarian, or otherwise altruistic law. This is achieved by offering the best LSAT preparation, offering the best law school admissions counseling, and building a network of public-interest-minded individuals, all at low cost or for free.

If you'd like more information or wish to schedule an interview with PreProBono's senior staff, please call Esmeralda Daci at 646.467.2355 or email her at esmeralda(at)preprobono(dot)org.

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