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Call for Expression of Interest - Judiciary Summer Pre-Law Program 2025

Updated: May 28

The Supreme Court announces its plan to conduct the Judiciary Summer Pre-Law Program in June–July 2025, provided there is sufficient interest from the community. The Pre-Law Program provides participants with the opportunity to experience the academic life of a first-year law student. Law professors will teach two introductory law courses and participants will compete in a simulated appellate argument. The program takes place every weekday morning for three weeks in June and July and is designed for current undergraduate students or recent graduates. Participants will work individually and in small groups to study class materials, research and write legal briefs, and present oral arguments to attorneys. Each participant will be connected with an attorney-mentor for the duration of the program, many of whom are past participants.

Since its inception in 1991, the successful pre-law program has had 35 participants obtain their juris doctor degree in law schools across the nation, and most have returned to the Northern Marianas to work as prosecutors, defense counsels, private practitioners, and judges.

The intensive pre-law program is conducted every three to five years—the last one was held in June 2022 with 19 participants. Visiting professors taught introductory Property Law and Legal Research and Writing. The 2022 cohort has produced, so far, the following 6 law students

  • Ardel Ciolo, Penn State Law, May 2027

  • Josephine Estrada, Syracuse University College of Law, May 2027

  • Lallane Guiao-Seng, University of Connecticut School of Law, May 2027

  • Brianna Hunter, Cleveland State University College of Law, May 2026

  • Michael Johnson, University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law, May 2026

  • Lisa Phair, Syracuse University College of Law, May 2025

Interested or potential applicants are encouraged to contact Judy T. Aldan, Esq. at the Supreme Court at for more information.



MAY 24, 2024

This press release has been prepared by court staff for the convenience of the public. For further information, contact the Supreme Court at

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