Mail the completed application packet and check or money order for $100 or $325 (depending on application deadline) to the Mock Trial office; submissions must be received by the due dates, not postmarked. All checks should be made out to the State Bar of Georgia. Payments may also be made by credit card; email the Mock Trial office for further instructions.
Applicants applying by the June 30 Early Application deadline must have the $225 balance to the Mock Trial office by the August 11 final deadline.
What are the Law Academy deadlines?
All dates below are dates materials/deposits must be received in the Mock Trial Office.
Early Application and $100 deposit deadline -June 30, 2017
Late Application and full $325 payment (or $225 if applied by the Early Application date) deadline - August 11, 2017
What is the schedule for Law Academy?
THURSDAY, August 24, 2017
5-7:30 p.m. Student Registration in Lobby of the Holiday Inn
8-10 p.m. Opening session
FRIDAY, August 25
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, August 26
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, August 27
Morning Breakfast 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 Georgia Rules of Evidence) that govern the Georgia Mock Trial Competition, courtroom procedure and the case studied during the Academy
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 2017 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: