2014 Law Academy

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The Law Academy is sponsored each year by the Special Projects Task Force of the High School Mock Trial Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia.

2014 Law Academy General Information

Mock Trial Team members with at least one year of active participation on their mock trial team are invited to attend an intense weekend training experience that’s fun and informative.

What is Law Academy and why should students consider applying?

  • Law Academy provides pre-mock trial season training for student team leaders
  • Law Academy offers extensive instruction on trial procedure
  • Law Academy faculty is made up of attorneys from across Georgia who are HSMTC veterans
  • Participation in Law Academy develops leadership skills, encourages responsibility, builds citizenship and forms new friendships among high school students across Georgia
  • Participation in Law Academy acquaints students with our legal system in a way that encourages respect and understanding of the legal profession

When is Law Academy?

  • September 18-21, 2014 — Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon

Where are Law Academy sessions held?

  • In Atlanta, Ga., with Academy venues including the Holiday Inn Express and State Bar of Georgia

What is the tuition for Law Academy?

  • Tuition is $425 per participant
  • Limited financial aid is available (see application form for details)
  • Academy tuition covers the following:
    • Lodging, including three nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) at the Holiday Inn Express (2 students per room)
    • Meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast on Sunday
    • Materials, including but not limited to Academy notebook, bag, t-shirt, textbook, supplies, etc.
  • Students are responsible for their own dinner on Thursday evening before the opening Law Academy session begins

How do I apply for Law Academy?

  • Download an application packet
  • Mail the completed application packet and deposit check or money order for $212.50 made out to the State Bar of Georgia by the August 26 postmark deadline

What are the Law Academy deadlines?

  • Application and deposit postmark deadline – August 25, 2014
  • Final payment postmark deadline – Sept. 10, 2014

What is the schedule for Law Academy?

  • THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014
    • 5-7:30 p.m. Student Registration in Lobby of the Holiday Inn
    • 8-10 p.m. Opening session
  • FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014
    • Morning Legal Tour of Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Lunch
    • Afternoon General Session and Breakout Sessions
    • Evening Dinner and General Session; Study period/social time
  • SATURDAY, Sept. 20, 2014
    • Morning General Session and Breakout Sessions, Lunch
    • Afternoon General and Breakout Sessions
    • Evening Dinner and General and Break-Out Sessions; Study period/social time
  • SUNDAY, Sept. 21, 2014
    • Morning Breakfast, study for bar exam and checkout of hotel; Student Bar Examination
    • Afternoon Closing Assembly at State Bar of Georgia (open to parents and friends); Adjournment and luggage pick-up at hotel or law school
    • A more detailed schedule will be provided to registered students and faculty before the start of the Law Academy
    • General and Break-Out Sessions may focus on Team Building, Leadership Skills, Rules of Evidence, Trial Procedure, Witness Presentations and/or Trial Techniques

What is the Student Bar Examination?

  • The concluding activity of the Law Academy is the administration of a required student bar examination
  • The exam may be based on the Rules of the Competition, the Rules of Evidence (a simplified version of the Federal Rules of Evidence) that govern the Georgia Mock Trial Competition, courtroom procedure and the case studied during the Academy
  • An essay is a likely component of the student bar exam
  • Students admitted with each class (80-89% on exam) receive a special certificate in the spring
  • Students earning very high scores (90%+) on the examination are admitted "with honors"
  • The Georgia High School Student Bar Association was created in 1998 following the first annual Law Academy

What else should I know about Law Academy?

  • Law Academy is a “closed campus” activity. All student participants will stay on-site overnight and must be present for all activities from the opening session on Thursday night until the closing assembly on Sunday.
  • Students may not leave Law Academy for any reason during the weekend.
  • Students who do not follow the written Law Academy rules outlined in the release forms, other Academy materials and/or any verbal instructions given by the Law Academy coordinators/staff during the course of the Academy risk expulsion from Law Academy and or suspension/expulsion from the 2015 High School Mock Trial competition.
  • No student participant may use a vehicle during Law Academy. Car keys will be turned over to the Law Academy staff upon registration. (Keys will be placed in the hotel safe until Sunday morning.) Failure to turn over car keys will be considered a violation of the procedures of the Law Academy and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • No boys are allowed in girls’ rooms and no girls are allowed in boys’ rooms.
  • NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS, DRUGS, ALCOHOL or WEAPONS.
  • Participants will not be allowed to swim in the hotel pool during Law Academy.
  • Participants must bring all Law Academy materials with them, which include a notebook and case materials. Materials will be mailed or emailed to participants during the month of September. All participants are required to be familiar with the written Law Academy materials.
  • Dress for Law Academy is casual. Students will walk to and from the State Bar each day, will lunch in downtown Atlanta and may walk to field trip stops. Weather is unpredictable in September so please be prepared. Comfortable walking shoes will be necessary. Dress clothes will be needed for Friday morning's court site visit.
  • Students attending Law Academy will be required to sign a release form and a Code of Ethical Conduct form.
  • Students are responsible for finding their own transportation from home to and from Law Academy.
  • Students will be picked up at 3 p.m. on Sunday from the State Bar of Georgia.

For more information about Law Academy, contact the Mock Trial office:

Michael Nixon, State Coordinator
mocktrial@gabar.org
404-527-8779 or 800-334-6865 (ext. 779)