At the NSLC Law Intensive spend 18 days exploring the American legal system. Master courtroom techniques during a challenging mock criminal trial. Then, explore the constitutional issues facing attorneys and judges at the appellate level during an exciting moot court competition. Throughout this program you’ll discover the variety of careers available in the legal field.
Criminal trial simulation
Master courtroom techniques as you try a challenging case – from preparing and examining witnesses to crafting and delivering a closing statement.
Moot Court simulation
Develop your oral argument skills as you explore the constitutional issues facing your client on appeal.
Explore the many legal career fields – from criminal and corporate law to environmental and appellate law – as you meet with legal experts from the top law firms, the Department of Justice and the court system.
The NSLC’s high school summer law program uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of the judicial process. You and your team will prepare and try a case in a real courtroom. You will research the evidence, prepare your witnesses, craft your arguments and ultimately present your case before a judge. Your performance will determine the fate of the accused.
Our college-level lecture series from practicing attorneys will give you a foundation of knowledge on the fundamentals of trial preparation and courtroom techniques, including:
- Homicide Laws
- Witness Preparation
- Opening Statements
- Direct Examination
- Evidentiary Procedure and Cross-Examination
Meet Law Professionals
While at the NSLC, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the legal community. In past years, NSLC students have heard from special guest speakers including Supreme Court Justices, Attorneys General and accomplished trial attorneys.
Justice David Souter
U.S. Supreme Court
Professor Joe Daly
Professor and drafter of the Vietnam Constitution
Judge Reggie Walton
US District Judge, District of Columbia District Courts
Justice Dennis Eveleigh
Connecticut Supreme Court
Dean Heather Gerken
Dean, Yale Law School
An important part of the NSLC’s high school summer law intensive is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Law:
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Attorney's Office
- Department of Justice
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Georgetown Law School
- U.S. Federal Courthouse
- Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
- Capitol Hill and the Smithsonian Museums
At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Law & Advocacy program include:
- Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
- Conflict Resolution
- Public Speaking
- Stress & Time Management
Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.
We offer a comprehensive scholarship program to assist qualified students with the cost of NSLC tuition, based on financial need, academic merit and extracurriculars.
Fundraising is a great way to raise funds to contribute toward your NSLC program tuition while also forging relationships with leaders in your community.