Law Camps | Summer Law Programs For High School Students
Career Development

Intensive Law & Trial

in Collaboration with Stanford Law School

Now Enrolling for 2016!



Experience Intensive Law & Trial

NYLF: Careers in Law VideoIntensive Law & Trial, in collaboration with Stanford Law School, provides high-achieving high school students with an exciting and interactive experience exploring the field of law, as well as being introduced to the many law careers available.

For 10 days at the Intensive Law & Trial program, you will meet and work with your peers from high schools all across the country, take part in skills workshops and simulations, and take on important roles in our simulated courtroom.

You will prepare for a court case, just as any attorney does, by practicing effective strategies in the art of the opening statement, by directly examining and cross examining a witness, through gaining an understanding of evidence and its integrity, and by managing the courtroom and crafting a compelling closing argument.  Through powerful skills workshops, you will also develop your own personal mission statement to set and attain your future academic and career goals.

The Intensive Law and Trial program curriculum is endorsed by the American Mock Trial Association and is recognized as an approved program by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Activities & Benefits

Immerse yourself in the theory and practice of law and develop a roadmap to becoming a lawyer.

At Intensive Law & Trial, you will:

  • Gain insights from and interact with legal professionals, including Stanford Law School faculty.
  • Discover what it takes to be a 21st century attorney, deepen your appreciation of the legal field, and explore academic and career options at a top-ranked law school.
  • Reside throughout the program at the prestigious Stanford University, enabling you to fully discover the life and culture of a typical college student living on a modern day campus.
Stanford Law School Summer Program
Prepare for College
  • Meet and interact with experts and discover how to uncover the hidden college opportunities that many students miss.
  • Gain the secrets to selecting academic majors that align with your passions and future career aspirations.
  • Fully experience living on the campus of Stanford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., while taking in the sights, sounds and culture of nearby San Francisco, CA.
Lead America and Stanford Law School Law Camps
Law Career Exploration
  • Deliver your case before a judge, including opening statements and closing arguments in an exciting simulation that is endorsed by the American Mock Trial Association.
  • Learn the foundations of law from preeminent legal professionals, including dialogues with Stanford Law School professors, on the practice of law, legal rhetoric and ethics.
  • Practice essential legal skills such as making impactful opening and closing arguments, preparing cases and readying witnesses for cross-examinations.
National Youth Leadership Forum: Careers in Intensive Law and Trial
Skills for Success
  • Develop important leadership skills that you can use now and in college, including public speaking, team building and conflict management.
  • Align your academic goals with skills that make the most of high school, college and career experiences.
  • Increase your self-confidence and formulate a personal vision for future success.

2016 Dates & Locations

High School Law Program
Palo Alto, CA
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
  • Jun 28 - Jul 7
  • Jul 9 - Jul 18
  • Jul 20 - Jul 29


Tuition & Financial Assistance


Tuition for Intensive Law & Trial includes a full schedule of interactive activities, briefings, lectures and simulations, residential housing accommodations at Stanford University, all on-campus meals, transportation during the conference, site visits, events, and program faculty.

Learn More


Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements and other factors.

Apply Now


Many students use fundraising and sponsorships to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Envision has prepared a fundraising guide featuring suggestions and activities to help you raise funds.

Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is the Intensive Law & Trial program for me?

This summer law program is for you if you are a high school student interested in preparing for an exciting career as a lawyer. Intensive Law & Trial could be your springboard to success in college and in a future career in law.

To attend Intensive Law & Trial, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 school year. Many of our students are alumni of the NYLF Law & CSI program, or another Envision program, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students with a GPA of at least 3.3 who want to make the most of this opportunity.

What happens if the program is full?

The allotted spaces for each forum session of Intensive Law & Trial can fill at any time. If a session is full, we encourage you to choose another session. You may also request to be put on a wait list to enroll in a full session. However, due to the popularity of the program, there is no guarantee that space will become available if you choose the wait list option. It is best to enroll in an available session to guarantee your spot for this enriching experience.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized URL will be created for you – your page – where you can find important program updates, the Mandatory Travel Form, the Student Information Form, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your page.

What is the dress code for this program?

Daily dress code includes solid khaki shorts, skirts, or pants, a solid white or navy blue top and comfortable footwear. A light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt should be brought in case of cold weather. Ladies must wear dresses, skirts, or slacks (no mini-skirts or denim) with blouses or sweaters (shoulders must be covered at all times). Gentlemen must wear button-down, polo, or collared shirts and slacks (no denim or cargo pants). Comfortable, closed-toe dress shoes are required, as students will be walking a great deal throughout the conference and may spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Detailed dress code information will be available in the acceptance materials.

For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

What is the code of conduct for this program?

You are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You also must abide by and uphold all conference rules. We expect you to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader who represents your school and community.

What is the enrollment deadline date?

The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes for Intensive Law & Trial. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this summer program.

Organization & Affiliations

Who is Envision?

Envision Experience Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision merged with LeadAmerica in 2012 to provide a comprehensive offering of programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See About Envision for more detailed information about Envision, its history of successful educational programs, its leadership and its partners.

All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education. See what others are saying about their Envision program experiences.

How is Envision funded?

Envision is a tuition-based, self-supporting organization, with many students securing financial support from local business, civic, community and leadership organizations. Scholarship funds are also available for qualified nominees. Learn more about scholarships and fundraising opportunities.

Is Envision affiliated with a political party or the U.S. government?

No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

What is included in tuition?

Your tuition for Intensive Law & Trial includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures and simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations at Stanford University, all on-campus meals, transportation as needed for off-site activities, site visits, events, program faculty and on-site staff for supervision.

However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

You can visit the Envision scholarships page for more information. We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. You should also know that many students fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the fundraising page for more information.

What happens if there are no spaces available by the time I am able to accrue the full tuition amount by fundraising?

If you intend to fundraise to raise program tuition, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have safely secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign

How will I be notified about my scholarship application?

You can expect to be notified by email. This usually happens about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. If you do not provide an operable email address, you will receive notification by mail approximately three weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.

Safety & Supervision

How will I be supervised?

Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

  • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day.
  • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1.
  • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors.
  • Requiring all students to attend all activities.
  • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
  • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night.
  • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2016 Intensive Law & Trial program, you will reside on the campus of Stanford University.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house three students. You will have your own bed.

Can I request a roommate?

Roommate requests are not accepted. You will be randomly assigned a room prior to your arrival day. We believe that one of the important benefits of this program is the opportunity for you to network with others and get to know peers from different parts of the country.

Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

Can my parents attend the program?

No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

Who will meet me at the airport?

Envision staff will be at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure there is shuttle service for you to get you from the designated airport to Stanford University on the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip.

Note: More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be provided to you on your personal Web page after you enroll in the program.

What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

To protect and safeguard the investment that you and your parents make in travel and tuition costs, we strongly recommend that your parents take advantage of our Tuition and Travel Protection Plan. This plan is offered through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. You may purchase this cancellation insurance when you enroll. You may also select this option when you complete the Mandatory Travel Form on your personalized page after enrollment. If your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please have them call the plan administrator, Nationwide, at (866) 282-3987.

Academic Preparation

What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

When is the deadline to submit my FUEL form? Is the assignment mandatory?

Please make sure you complete the assignment no later than one week prior to arrival. You will be able to see the results on the first day of the program. 
The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal Web page after you enroll.

Other Questions

Can special dietary needs be met?

Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

What if I lose something or forget to bring a personal item home after the program?

All lost and found items are retained by the program staff for two weeks following the conference. Items of higher monetary value are retained for 30 days. After 30 days, all items remaining are discarded or donated. Contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

My question is not listed.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.