Students Participate in Law School Boot Camp

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - As part of Lincoln University’s mission to integrate academic and co-curricular programs with the University’s distinctive legacy of leadership development, 18 Lincoln students participated in the inaugural residential Thurgood Marshall Law Society Boot Camp this summer.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have been selected as a participant in the Boot Camp,” said Mia Joseph, a third year political science major from Lawrence, Massachusetts. “It was extremely eye opening and challenging. I’ve been changed in the best ways.”

For two weeks, students prepared for the rigors of law school by engaging in the Law School Admission Test—commonly known as LSAT—prep, literature review, and oratory and debate exercises. 

Eighteen Lincoln University students participated in the inaugural residential Thurgood Marshall Law Society Boot Camp this summer.

Nya Bell, a third year student from Philadelphia, said she found the impromptu and persuasive speeches in the oratory and debate class the most challenging task.

“I have never thought much about public speaking. I thought that I was pretty good at it, however, this program showed me just how anxious it actually makes me. This program pushed me to work harder.”

Bell said the literature reading provided by political science professor Dr. Chieke Ihejirika was overwhelming in its sheer volume, but through it she learned better time management skills.

“The work load showed us how useful study groups can be. When we have to read 100 pages, write briefs on cases, and still find time to sleep, you learn to divide and conquer.”

Sterling Sims, a third year political science student from Blacksburg, Virginia, said the boot camp prepared him for his summer law internship.

Second through fourth year students applied to the Boot Camp and participated at no cost, thanks to a Pennsylvania Department of Education grant that was sponsored by State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, who represents portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

Participants in the Boot Camp will follow up their experience by visiting Pennsylvania state-related law schools and engage in competitive collegiate speaking competitions during the fall semester.

Student participants included: Sterling Sims, Kaya Mosley, Nya Bell, Mia Joseph, Stardazia Chambliss, Phillip Quander-Mosley, Sharifa Rowe, Janae Carter, Dmitri Yearby, Devron Dickens,

Glen Hall, Gabrielle Scott, Langston Sheppard, Anisah Barber-McNish, Deja Outterbridge, India Tucker, and Obinna Ihejirika.

Named in honor of the first African American Supreme Court Justice and 1930 graduate of Lincoln University, the Thurgood Marshall Law Society prepares Lincoln students for law school. To learn more, contact Professor Chieke Ihejirika, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy, pre-law adviser, and faculty adviser of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, at or Seitu Stephens, JD, director of the Office of Community and Government Relations, at

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.