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U.S. Attorney's Office Summer Law Camp Introduces High School Students To A Career In The Law

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – This week, 24 high school students are participating in the U.S. Attorney’s Office Summer Law Camp, a program that introduces students to the American Criminal Justice System. The program is designed to help students gain a greater understanding of a career in the law and experience the work of practicing litigators. The camp will conclude with students engaging in mock trials that will be held at the federal courthouse in Charlotte, before by U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler.

“Our Summer Law Camp offers young people an excellent introduction to the criminal justice system and the wide range of career opportunities in the legal field,” said U.S. Attorney Dena J. King. “The mock trials provide students with a hands-on understanding of legal proceedings and trial advocacy, allowing them to experience the role of a lawyer in an engaging, fun, and interactive environment.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Summer Law Camp is free of charge, and it is available to high school students interested in learning more about the legal profession. The program is taught by career federal prosecutors and helps students explore the justice system, learn about the Federal Rules of Evidence, gain basic advocacy skills, and encourage students to think as lawyers. In addition, participating students receive instruction on evidence collection and trial preparation and learn from guest speakers representing law enforcement agencies and the legal defense bar. During the mock trials, students actively participate in the court proceedings, with assigned roles as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and witnesses, tasked with delivering opening statements and closing arguments, providing testimony, and conducting cross examinations.

“Our law camp gives students from all backgrounds the chance to explore the legal profession, understand the legal process, and learn about career options in the field,” said U.S. Attorney King. “However, the camp goes beyond civics education and career preparation. The ultimate goal is to help young people recognize the power and responsibility they hold as citizens, and the important role they play in ensuring the criminal justice system is a place where they can make a meaningful impact for themselves, their community, and justice” King added.

Additional information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office Summer Law Camp can be found here.


Updated June 24, 2024

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