Summer Judiciary Pre-Law Program Application Deadline Approaching | News

The CNMI Court System is accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Pre-Law Program. The program is a valuable opportunity for those with an interest in law and those planning to attend law school. The program is open to students and graduates and will take place in Saipan from June 27 to July 13, 2022. It will be structured around introductory courses on two legal topics, but will include a variety of other activities.

The two law professors at the head of the program share the particularity of having grown up at the CNMI. Rose Cuison-Villazor is a Mount Carmel School alumnus, immigration law expert and Dean of Rutgers Law School. She is the first Filipino-American to become dean of a law school in the United States. She will teach property law.

The second teacher is Eun Hee Han from Georgetown Law, who attended Saipan Community School. Professor Han previously taught at Brooklyn Law School and George Washington University. She will teach legal research and writing.

In addition to the law courses, the other major component will be workshops on preparing for the law school admissions test and the law school admissions process. Participants will be matched with lawyer-mentors who will provide assistance and advice. Finally, they will also visit the local courts and can participate in a mock appeal hearing before a panel of judges.

Since the start of the pre-law program in 1991, 35 participants have graduated from law school and most have returned to our islands. They include Chief Justice Ramona V. Manglona of the NMI District Court, Justice Perry B. Inos of the NMI Supreme Court, and Assistant Attorney General Carmen V. Borja as well as private attorneys such as Janet King, Anthony H. Aguon, Frances Demapan and Jose P. Mafnas Jr.

The app is available on will be accepted until March 1, 2022. Application fees are $100 for residents and $200 for non-residents and can be paid to the Northern Marianas Judiciary Historical Society.

For more information, contact the Supreme Court at (670) 236-9800 or Pre-Law Program Coordinator Benjamin Schwartz at

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