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Evidence for Success

Spend six amazing days in Washington, DC that will put you on the path to a career in law or crime scene investigation (CSI). Join other high school students from around the country for this extraordinary opportunity to learn from and interact with subject matter experts, gain invaluable hands-on experience, and be empowered to fully realize your true potential.

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI

Investigate Your Future

Are you ready to explore the exciting fields of law and CSI while you gain the skills and experience you need to plan your future?

NYLF Law & CSI may be the single most valuable opportunity you receive as a high school student. Through hands-on evidence analysis and courtroom or forensic simulations, you will gain the edge you need for college and a future career in law or crime scene investigation.

During the program, you will participate in your choice of either a legal or CSI track, which will allow you to experience the world of law and forensic science in a way that goes far beyond the classroom. At NYLF Law & CSI, you will explore in-depth the entire judicial process; from the discovery of a crime, through collecting and analyzing all of the evidence, to preparing for the courtroom process and taking part in the criminal trial.

In the legal track, you will visit a local courthouse where you will observe proceedings, listen to a panel of top professionals from Washington law firms, and receive an introduction to the law school trajectory.

In the CSI track, you will attend an interactive panel with university professors and forensic scientists who will discuss the latest high-tech applications used during criminal investigations, and discover the career paths that may shape your future.

In addition, a behind-the-scenes college experience at George Mason University will give you new insight on the university admissions process and campus life, including an admissions workshop and a campus tour.

By completing NYLF Law & CSI, you will be eligible for college credit from George Mason University.


Students attending select high school and college programs are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

2019 Dates & Tuition

Washington, DC Westfields Marriott July 7-12 | July 14-19 | July 21-26 Mason College Credit
City Adventures: Washington, DC
Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

We are thrilled to have some of the top law and criminal investigative minds as our keynote speakers year after year. Past guests at NYLF Law & CSI have included FBI profilers, Supreme Court justices, former U.S. attorneys general, preeminent law scholars, and more. These compelling speakers share their knowledge, experience, and stories to bring the fields of law and CSI to life for our students. LEARN MORE
NYLF Law & CSI simulation at George Mason University
George Mason University Law & Forensic Science Experiences
Explore in depth the legal or CSI fields through a unique experience with professors from George Mason University. The CSI experience includes a career panel with Mason professors and forensic experts, while the legal experience will give you an in-depth look at being a law student and the casework you might experience in professional practice.  LEARN MORE
NYLF Law & CSI student engaging in Supreme Court simulation
Supreme Court & Forensic Science Simulations
Examine a court case in front of your peers in the role of a justice or attorney, or encounter the art and science of forensics! You and your peers will use analytical skills to recreate the issues from an actual court case or conduct an investigation using the forensic data collection and analysis process.  LEARN MORE
High school student processing crime scene at NYLF Law & CSI
From Crime Scene to Trial
Apply your newly acquired knowledge of the chain of custody, evidence, and investigative science to further understand the trial procedure. You and your peers will role-play as participants in a criminal case, either as legal teams or forensic experts, to gather evidence and strategize how to best present your case to a judge. LEARN MORE
2019 Career Exploration Guide
Download our Career Exploration Guide and discover why career exploration is one of the most valuable experiences you can have to help prepare for college and work.



Tuition for NYLF Law & CSI covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE



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



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.

Enrich Your Envision Experience

After completing the program, you have the opportunity to enhance your Envision experience by participating in City Adventures: Washington, DC, where you will make new memories while exploring some of the cultural, college, and career sites the District has to offer. You may sign up for this optional three-night program extension during the enrollment process.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2019-20 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


  • Is National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI for me?

    This summer program is for you if you are a high school student during the 2018-2019 academic year and you are ready to prepare for an exciting career in law or crime scene investigation. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities, site visits and events, overnight housing, program materials, at least two meals a day, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will need money for meals not provided, snacks, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

  • 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 advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and a program lead.

    For over 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 an overall student-to-staff ratio of 17 to 1
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and working with hotel security for any after-hours concerns
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices

    * There is an $80 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2019 NYLF Law & CSI program, all students are housed at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. The majority of activities will take place at the Marriott, and some will take place on the campus of nearby George Mason University.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house three students. You will have your own bed. Each room has two beds and one roll-away bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared. 

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    No. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program, so your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. 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.

  • 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.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from Washington, DC. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • 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.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    At NYLF Law & CSI, we make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.