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Spend eight amazing days in Washington, D.C. 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 hear from subject-matter experts, gain invaluable hands-on experience, and be empowered to fully realize your potential.

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About National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI

Investigate Your Future

High School Summer Law and CSI Program Students

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.

You will choose to participate in either a legal or CSI track during the program, which will allow you to explore the world of law and crime scene investigation in a way that goes far beyond the classroom. At NYLF Law & CSI, you will cover the entire judicial process in-depth; 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.

As a student focusing on law, you will visit a local courthouse where you will observe proceedings and perform a mock trial. You'll also receive an introduction to the law school trajectory from law school professionals and discover the specialty career paths available in this exciting field.

As a student pursuing CSI, 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 to experiencing college life at the University of Maryland, you'll visit George Mason University for a behind-the-scenes college experience, including an admissions workshop and a campus tour, giving you new insight into the university admissions process and campus life.


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

2024 Dates & Tuition

Washington, D.C. University of Maryland, College Park June 16-23 | June 26-July 3 | July 6-13 | July 16-23 Mason College Credit
WorldExplore: Washington, D.C.

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

We are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Law & CSI and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

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 & Crime Scene Investigation Experiences
Explore the legal or CSI fields in-depth through a unique one-day experience on the campus of George Mason University. The CSI experience includes a career panel with Mason professors and forensic experts, while the legal experience will give you an up-close 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 & Investigative 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



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 by WorldStrides awards partial tuition assistance to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and eligibility for our WorldStrides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship. LEARN MORE



Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE

Payment Plan

Payment Plan

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

WorldExplore: Washington, D.C.

Enrich Your Envision Experience

After completing the program, you have the opportunity to enhance your Envision experience by participating in WorldExplore: Washington, D.C., where you will make new memories while exploring some of the many cultural and historical sites in the nation's capital. You may sign up for this optional five-day program extension during the enrollment process.


You’re Invited!

Listen to the Information Session that was held on January 17th, 2024, and learn more about our Summer 2024 NYLF Law & CSI program!

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

    This summer program is for you if you're a high school student during the 2023-2024 academic year who's 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 also accept students through our application process. If you haven't 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'll 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 35 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, providing shuttle service directly to the program site, and 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 ensuring that students remain in their rooms
    • 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 additional fee for shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2024 NYLF Law & CSI program, all students are housed at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. All activities will take place at the University of Maryland, except the one-day outings to George Mason University and Washington, D.C.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each suite will house four students and consists of two bedrooms, with two beds in each room, and a shared bathroom.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

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

  • What are the pre-program assignments? Do I have to do them?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. As part of your program, you'll have access to WorldStrides' newest digital platform: MyActionPath.

    WorldStrides has partnered with PAIRIN, a leader in career and life planning and assessment, to help our students along their lifetime learning journeys. The result of this partnership is MyActionPath—a personalized, virtual GPS that guides you along your desired career pathway and helps you identify ways to enhance your skills and achieve your goals. MyActionPath can assist you in deciding which professional field might suit you best, makes recommendations based on your goals and dreams, and provides you with educational and supportive resources. Before you arrive to your program location, you'll receive more information via email on how to begin this exciting career-planning journey.

  • 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.

  • Can I use the campus facilities (gym, pool, etc.)?

    Students are not permitted to use university facilities such as the pool or recreation center.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.