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National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI

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Keynote Speakers & Institutions

NYLF Law & CSI students hear from some of the most respected minds in the fields of law and CSI, who represent many of the top law firms and schools in the country. We have been pleased to host experts from Georgetown University Law Center and the American University Washington School of Law, and to have heard from partners from Arnold & Porter and Steptoe & Johnson law firms. Past distinguished speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Former White House Counsel, Harriet Miers, ACLU President Nadine Strossen, and legendary FBI profiler John Douglas.

George Mason University Law & Forensic Science Experience

You will have the option to select one of two tracks—law or forensic science—for a day-long simulation led by George Mason University professors.

Interested in the study of law? Hear from George Mason University School of Law professors and visit a local courthouse to get a look at the life of a law school student and the day-to-day activities of law professionals. You’ll spend the day interacting with law school students, faculty, and prominent Washington, DC attorneys to learn about specific areas of focus within the law, various career tracks of legal professionals, and the opportunities and challenges facing legal professionals today. You’ll tour George Mason University School of Law and gain information about law schools across the U.S., including the application and enrollment process, state bars, costs, and job prospects. On a visit to a local courthouse you’ll see law professionals in action and get an inside look at courthouse operations and proceedings. To conclude your law experience, you will have the opportunity to partake in a legal ethics Socratic forum on implications surrounding key national level cases.

If forensic science is your focus, you’ll immerse yourself in the exciting and challenging world of Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) during hands-on workshops led by George Mason University faculty. During this full day experience, you’ll develop the skills needed to be successful in a career in CSI as you take on the role of a forensic investigator working a simulated crime scene. This is a great chance to learn about the high-tech mechanisms used in analyzing forensics and see how your findings impact legal proceedings. You will learn also about the college pathways that can lead to a career in CSI, including degree options and levels, and gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing forensic science professionals today.

Supreme Court or Criminal Minds Simulation

Together with your peers, you will participate in either a Supreme Court (law) or Criminal Minds (forensics) simulation.

In the Supreme Court simulation, you will re-create an actual United States Supreme Court Case to learn about the importance of case law precedence and how to use it to form and support a legal argument. During this exciting simulation, you will take on the role of a justice, a lawyer for the petitioner, or a lawyer for the respondent and work with a team of your peers to identify areas to strengthen your case. You will apply your legal knowledge to prepare written and oral arguments, ask questions, and render decisions. Through this simulation, you will develop an understanding of the procedures of the United States Supreme Court and learn the differences between an appellate argument and a factual argument.

In the Criminal Minds simulation, you will learn about the important disciplines in the investigation process, such as forensic artistry and criminal profiling. You will complete facial composite sketches, analyze evidence, and interview witnesses while assembling a case file on a potential suspect.

From Crime Scene to Trial

Get hands on during a mock trial activity designed to provide you with an inside look at trial court procedure. You and your peers will assume various roles in a fraud case, including witnesses and attorneys, and use your legal and forensic science skills to examine each component of the case and formulate viable theories and scenarios. Working in teams, you will conduct hair and fiber analysis, indented handwriting analysis, ink analysis, and fingerprint analysis to critically examine and determine how each component of a case builds and progresses to the next. Using the information gained during analysis, you will take on the role of expert witness or attorney and present your case to a jury.