At the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Law & CSI, you will experience the full range of professions that exist in legal and forensic science fields and explore your opportunities for the future. This six-day summer program is held in Washington, DC.
NYLF Law & CSI may be the single most valuable opportunity you receive as a high school student. Through hands-on experiences in crime scene investigation, evidence analysis and courtroom simulations, you will go beyond the classroom and gain the edge you need for college and a future career in law or crime scene investigation.
A behind-the-scenes college experience at George Mason University will give you new insights into the university admissions process and campus life.
By attending NYLF Law & CSI, you will be honored for your academic achievement, recognized for your leadership potential and take your place among top high school students from across the nation.
Benefits & Activities
Are you ready to explore the exciting fields of law and crime scene investigation and gain the skills and experience you need to chart your future?
At NYLF Law & CSI you will:
- Hear from legendary criminal profiler and FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit Founder, John Douglas.
- Explore in-depth the entire judicial process, from the discovery of a crime, through collecting and analyzing all of the critical evidence, to preparing for the courtroom process and taking part in the criminal trial.
- Examine a court case in the Supreme Court Simulation, in which you will step forward in front of your peers to assume the role of a justice or attorney, use analytical skills to review issues relevant to the case, discover how to effectively argue your position and render a final decision – just like the Supreme Court Justices themselves!
- Choose to take part in a legal or forensic science career experience, during which you will visit a courthouse or laboratory and interact with top professionals in your chosen career field.
- Get a glimpse of the college experience through a visit to George Mason University, which includes a college admissions workshop, a student life panel with current undergraduates and an official campus tour.
- Receive an official Certificate of Merit as a testament to your academic success and your contribution to the program. You may highlight this honor throughout your education, and submit a copy of your certificate with college applications.
- Interact, collaborate and share ideas, side-by-side with other future leaders, which will inspire and motivate you throughout the program and beyond.
By completing this program, you are eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University.
Law & CSI Career Exploration
Enhance your awareness of legal, judicial and forensic science professions through career panels, seminars and workshops led by law and forensic science experts. Past program speakers include:
- Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
- Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
- Harriet Miers, White House Counsel
- Abner J. Mikva, White House Counsel, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Eric H. Holder, Jr., Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
- Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, Director of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center, George Washington University Law School
- DeMaurice F. Smith, Partner, Latham & Watkins
*Note: listed are speakers’ titles at the time they addressed the forum.
Law & CSI in Action
- Gain a firsthand look at your future through your choice of a forensic science or legal career experience:
The forensic science career experience includes a hands-on laboratory workshop with George Mason University professors, an introduction to new techniques and technologies actively used in the field of forensic science and an exploration of your future career options.
The legal career experience features a visit to a court of law, a legal ethics and critical cases panel with prominent Washington, DC lawyers and a briefing on the opportunities and challenges of law school.
- Analyze evidence and build a case as part of a forensic science simulation.
- Put your legal acumen to the test as you make your case in an exciting courtroom simulation where you can experience firsthand the role of prosecutor, attorney or witness.
- Learn the trade secrets of strong debate and negotiation from top professionals, and gain leadership skills you can use now and in college, including public speaking, team building and conflict management.
At the NYLF Law & CSI program, you will see law and CSI operations in action and engage with top professionals from law firms, courts of law and forensic science facilities. Past participating institutions include:
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- The George Washington University School of Law
- Arnold & Porter, L.L.P.
- Forensic Anthropology Lab: Smithsonian
- National Museum of Natural History
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- George Mason University School of Law
- Steptoe & Johnson, L.L.P.
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Crowell & Moring, L.L.P.
- Fairfax County Police Department
- District of Columbia Bar
- Fairfax County Circuit Court
- Howard University School of Law
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- George Mason University, Department of Forensic Science
- National History Museum, Forensic Anthropology Lab