March 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

High School Students Invited to Apply for Free Summer Law Institute

The Summer Law and Trial Institute 2017 Cohort, group photo outside Ohio State Supreme Court, with giant gavel

The Summer Law and Trial Institute 2017 Cohort

Southeast Ohio high school students can apply now for a free Summer Law & Trial Institute offered at Ohio University from July 15-27, 2018.

Students accepted into the program will visit the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus and conduct a mock trial in the Athens County Courthouse. They will meet with non-governmental organizations such as Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. And dozens of Ohio University alumni will meet with the students to discuss careers as attorneys, judges and advocates.

The deadline for applications is June 3. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as admission is competitive.

The Summer Law & Trial Institute is a 12-day immersive residential program that aims to increase understanding of the law and its possibilities among Ohio high school students from Southeast Ohio. The program also seeks to foster an interest in all aspects of legal education, service, and issues and to create the next generation of legal, advocacy, and community professionals.

‘The institute is run by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture at and directed by Ohio University’s pre-law adviser Larry Hayman, who joined the center after eight years of practicing law. Hayman earned a B.A. in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University in 2003. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Students in the institute will learn about:

  • Making the transition from high school to college
  • Exploring career opportunities in law
  • Exploring undergraduate, graduate, and professional areas of legal study
  • Team-building skills learned by presenting a trial with a group of peers

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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