Leadership in the Law Summer Camp is an opportunity for students to learn firsthand about the legal system. The program is designed to allow students to work with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other professionals and learn about the law. Students should be well-rounded individuals who are motivated and eager to learn about the legal system. The program will introduce students to the practice of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, crime scene investigation and the handling and preservation of evidence. Experienced practitioners will provide instruction and hands-on demonstrations. Team-building skills will also be emphasized throughout the program.
Student legal teams will receive a case outline, study the facts, visit the crime scene, interview witnesses and experts, analyze evidence, develop exhibits and prepare witnesses and experts for trial. The program will culminate in a jury trial in which students assume the roles of lawyers. A sitting Circuit Court Judge will preside over the trial. Students will also participate in recreational activities such as a rope course, volleyball, soccer, and water sports.
Twenty-four rising seniors from Loudoun and Fauquier County high schools are selected to participate in the overnight camp each year. Applications each year are available beginning in early April, through the high schools.