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Summer Law & Trial Institute

Summer Law & Trial Institute

Virtual for Summer 2021 — Experience Law!

Engage with Attorneys and Judges | Litigate a Mock Trial | Watch a Supreme Court Argument

Virtual Schedule: June 13-21, 2021

Application Deadline EXTENDED: Midnight, May 28, 2021

For High School Students

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Explore Justice

Free Program for High-Achieving, Rising High School Juniors and Seniors

Students will gain exposure, through immersive academic study and experiential learning, to the criminal justice system and to law and justice issues relevant to Southeast Ohio, especially access to justice.

Participants in this virtual program will: 

  • Observe Supreme Court of Ohio oral arguments and virtually meet with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor
  • Hear from the Athens County Court of Common Pleas 
  • Learn about non-governmental organizations, such as Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, and others 
  • Engage with attorneys and judges 
  • Develop and present a trial in a virtual courtroom 

About the Summer Law & Trial Institute

The Summer Law & Trial Institute is a 8-day virtual program that aims to increase understanding of the law and its possibilities among Ohio high school students from Southeast Ohio. The program also seeks to foster an interest in all aspects of legal education, service, and issues, and to create the next generation of legal, advocacy, and community professionals.


Students will develop core critical legal skills, including:

  • Analytical and legal reasoning
  • Case analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Public speaking
  • Professionalism

Students will also learn about:

  • Making the transition from high school to college
  • Exploring career opportunities in law
  • Exploring undergraduate, graduate, and professional areas of legal study
  • Team-building skills learned by presenting a trial with a group of peers

The program is free of charge and fully scholarshipped. This program is made possible by a donation from the Athens County Bar Association and generous alumni support. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the donors.

The Summer Law & Trial Institute is developed, coordinated and implemented by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture in collaboration with the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences, Athens County Court of Common Pleas, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services.

Requirements & Application

Students participating in the Summer Law & Trial Institute will have daily interactions with lawyers, judges, and Ohio University faculty, and develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for collegiate study.

Preference will be given to high achieving, rising high school juniors, seniors from Southeast Ohio, though outstanding sophomores and high school students outside Southeast Ohio will be considered if space permits. Space is limited.

  1. An high school transcript is required; official or unofficial transcripts will be accepted. (Please reach out to Larry Hayman if obtaining your transcript is difficult due to the current situation.)
  2. A 3.0 or higher GPA is preferred. (If you do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, please submit a 250-to 500-word essay explaining why you are a good candidate for the program and why your grades are not an accurate reflection of your ability.)
  3. An essay (250 to 500 words) that highlights why you are interested in law and why you are interested in attending the Summer Law & Trial Institute
  4. One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, teacher, coach, clergy, or other non-family member. Recommenders can submit a recommendation electronically.   Please direct them to this link


Contact the Program Director

Larry Hayman is Program Director of the Summer Law & Trial Institute.

At Ohio University, he serves as Pre-Law Specialist for the Center for Law, Justice & Culture and coaches the Ohio University Mock Trial Team. Prior to joining the center, he was a trial attorney in Columbus, Ohio. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Ohio University and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was an Editor of Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He remains active in both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.