High School Summer Program 2016

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Intro to Law

It’s the Law!

Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System for High School-age Students

Law and the legal system are at the heart of all aspects of American life. Nearly every issue of importance ultimately becomes a legal questions subject to potential hearing and resolution by our courts. Nonetheless, most civics curricula fail to provide students with the fundamental understanding of how the U.S. legal system actually works. This program is designed to remedy that. It will introduce students to how lawyers and judges interpret, create, and modify legal rules in our common-law system. It will address:

  • The source of law in the Anglo-American legal systems
  • The function of legislatures and courts
  • The concept of legal precedent and how precedent works in theory and practice
  • The interrelationship between statute (law made by our elected representatives) and case law (law based on judicial interpretations of the law)
  • Many Virginia SOL requirements for U.S. government

Because law requires rigorous logical analysis, this program will also assist in furthering logical thinking and logical writing as well.

All students will receive a Center for Legal and Court Technology Certificate of Course Attendance. Those whose performance in class and on the final legal memorandum meet program expectations (at the Professor’s sole discretion) will receive instead a Center for Legal and Court Technology Certificate of Successful Course Completion.

Course can be taken ON SITE at William & Mary, or via REMOTE Participation! 

Remote participation will allow students to interact with the instructor AND view and interact with other class participants! (student needs computer with access to internet, audio and video reception, and camera and microphone)

Williams & Mary Law School,

McGlothlin Courtroom

613 South Henry Street

Williamsburg, VA  23185

(757) 221-2494


Intro to Law:

July Course:  July 11-14th, 2016 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m).

Cost:  $330

Registration is LIMITED – Register here!

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Intro to Evidence:

Prove It! 

Introduction to Evidence for High School-age Students

Available now to high school-age students, Prove it! – Introduction to Evidence is an interactive study of the rules that govern the types of information that can be used in court.  To be admissible in court, information – evidence – just logically prove or disprove a matter in issue and must comply with a wide range of restrictions based on reliability concerns and the public policy.

  • Relevance:  When does a given piece of information logically prove or disprove something – and how do we know that it does?
  • Authentication:  How does a lawyer show that a document, object or email is the one that the witness says it is?
  • Constraints:  When is relevant evidence not permitted because it may be unduly prejudicial or violate public policy?
  • Hearsay:  When is an out-of-court statement usable in court for its truth?
  • Best Evidence:  When proving a document, when must the lawyer use the original and what alternatives can be used when the original isn’t available?
  • Procedure:  When and how can a lawyer object and how does the opposing lawyer respond?
  • What is direct and cross examination?
  • Many Virginia SOL requirements for U.S. government

This course fosters logical thinking and analysis.  No prior legal knowledge is necessary.

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June Course:  July 7 & 8, 2016 (1:00 – 5:30)

Cost:  $190

Registration is LIMITED – Register here!

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Intro to Torts:

Sue? Yes/No?

Introduction to Torts for High School-age Students

This program will explore the basic foundation of the American tort law system. Through interactive class sessions and thought-provoking discussions, this course will help students understand the basic concepts of negligence and liability in the modern world.

  • Emphasizes logical thinking and writing
  • Introduces the fundamental elements of negligence, including duty, breach, causation, and damages
  • Provides the opportunity for students to read, analyze, and apply case law to real-life situations

Intro to Torts 5 FEB 2016

July Course:  July 14th-15th, 2016  (Day 1 1:00-5:30 p.m, Day 2 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.)

Cost:  $190

Registration is LIMITED – Register here!

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A Forfeiture of Rights: For-Life Ankle Monitoring Upheld by the 7th Circuit

Is legal punishment meant to deter future bad behaviors, punish the bad actor, or rehabilitate the bad actor?  Every law student in his or her first week of law school is posed that question, although it seems that no law professor can give a straight answer.  In an interesting, and maybe even surprising, decision, the 7th muddied the waters even further.


In Belleau v. Wall, Michael Belleau challenged the constitutionality of his Wisconsin sentence requiring him as a civilly committed sex-offender to wear an ankle monitoring device after his release in addition to registering as a sex-offender.  The federal district court ruled that this was an invasion of Belleau’s privacy.  Wisconsin appealed that decision to the 7th Circuit.  The 7th Circuit overruled the district court’s decision holding that the burden on privacy is balanced against the gain to society as the test for such a monitoring program to stand.  The Court reasoned that Belleau’s own actions had already severely curtailed” his privacy; thus, the requirement of the ankle monitor was not unduly burdensome.


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