Follow your case – from trial to appeal – at the NSLC Law Intensive.

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.

Program Highlights

Discover your specialty
Experts from top firms that specialize in legal writing, Constitutional Law, Appellate Law, and more talk with you about the variety of legal fields available to study.

Argue a criminal case
Put your litigation skills to the test as you take on a complicated murder trial, experiencing two sides of the case - one as prosecution or defense, and the other as jury or witness.

Court of appeals
Learn strategies to interpret the Constitution, focusing on the 4th and 5th amendments, to tackle an appealed verdict.

Moot court experience
You and your co-counsel will apply what you've learned to help your client appeal their case.

Hands-on Simulations

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.

Topics include:

  • 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.

Examples of past speakers include:

Justice David Souter
U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy
U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Joe Daly
Professor and drafter of the Vietnam Constitution

Judge Reggie Walton
U.S. District Judge, District of Columbia District Courts

Justice Dennis Eveleigh
Connecticut Supreme Court

Dean Heather Gerken
Dean, Yale Law School

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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.

Trips may include:

Georgetown University

U.S. Federal Courthouse | U.S. Supreme Court | U.S. Attorney's Office | Drug Enforcement Agency | Law School Visit | Historic D.C. Monuments at Night | Capitol Hill and Smithsonian Museums

Leadership Training

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 Intensive program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Washington, D.C.$6,495