About Intensive Law & Trial
Welcome To Your Future as an Attorney
Join other motivated high school students to get one step closer to your future career as a law professional.
Intensive Law & Trial allows you to immerse yourself in the theory and practice of law, and to develop a roadmap to becoming a lawyer. At this 10-day program, you’ll learn the foundations of the practice of law, legal rhetoric, and ethics from preeminent legal professionals, including Stanford Law School professors. You’ll also develop and practice essential legal skills such as making impactful opening and closing arguments, preparing cases, and readying witnesses for cross-examinations.
In a fascinating simulation endorsed by the American Mock Trial Association, you will prepare for a court case, just as any attorney does—you’ll practice the art of creating effective opening and closing statements, directly examine and cross examine witnesses, gain an understanding of evidence and its integrity, and learn how to manage a courtroom. Powerful skills workshops will help you develop your own personal mission statement to set and attain your future academic and career goals.
Intensive Law & Trial can help you better understand what you might want to study in college and which schools make the most sense for you. Intensive Law & Trial can also help you to hone your leadership abilities to be more effective in college, career and life.
A Collaboration with Stanford Law
Get an unprecedented opportunity to interact with highly respected legal professionals, including faculty from Stanford Law School, one of the top-ranked law schools in the U.S.
Reside throughout the program on the Stanford University campus, enabling you to fully discover the life and culture of a typical college student living on a modern day campus.
Discover what it takes to be a 21st century attorney, deepen your appreciation of the legal field, and explore your academic and career options.
Endorsed by the American Mock Trial Association, the exciting Intensive Law & Trial curriculum will give you critical insights into the legal profession and a taste of the study of law, including real-world simulations and professional workshops.
Hear from the Experts
Intensive Law & Trial features lectures given by distinguished Stanford Law professors, as well as presentations by some of the most respected legal minds in the country.
Mock Trial Simulation
Your experience culminates at the San Francisco Superior Court where you will argue a case from start to finish. Here you’ll put into action the knowledge you’ve learned throughout the program such as delivering opening and closing arguments, rules of evidence, objections, legal ethics, witness preparation, and more.
Explore San Francisco
After days full of learning and practice, you’ll also get the chance to explore the vibrant culture of The City by the Bay visiting such attractions as Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square.
PLEASE NOTE: This cultural extension is not affiliated with Stanford Law School in any way.
Tuition for Intensive Law & Trial covers most of the expenses incurred during the program. 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.
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"My favorite part of the program was the lectures given by the law professors at Stanford. I think they both helped give me a feel of college lectures and taught me valuable information for the law field."
- Alexandria R.
"Allowing my daughter the opportunity to experience a possible career option prior to entering college. The program also afforded her the opportunity to work on a college level and interact with a wide array of students while still in high school."
- Wendy W., parent
“I really enjoyed preparing for the mock trial and learning about techniques used by attorneys in direct and cross examinations! I believe it was very informative and becoming an "attorney" for a few days and learning to think like one really inspired me.”
- Maritza Z.
Intensive Law & Trial FAQs
Is Intensive Law & Trial 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 nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.
What is included in tuition?
Your tuition for Intensive Law & Trial includes housing, onsite meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.
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 offsite meals, souvenirs, snacks 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 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 same-sex rooms and same-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.
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 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.
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.
What is the preconference 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 persona MyEnvisionExperience.com 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?
We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, 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.