By Jocelyn Klocke
Although Scott Hall may be quieter and its halls less crowded, SLU LAW will still be buzzing with activity this summer with its much anticipated Law and Advocacy Program, a new Summer at SLU program for students in grades 9-12.
Summer at SLU, an annual program that brings thousands of kids to the Saint Louis University campus each summer, offers a wide variety of summer camps and academies that provide hands-on experiences for students of all ages. Each program allows the student to develop new skills and learn more about the activities, hobbies and/or possible career choices that interest them.
The Law and Advocacy Program, which will be held June 13-17, will take place at Scott Hall, SLU LAW’s prime downtown location in the center of the legal community. This is the first year any type of law program will be offered during Summer at SLU.
“We talked about doing this for a long time and finally had the opportunity to do so this year,” said Shannon Morse, assistant dean of student activities and leadership. “We are excited because it will not only showcase the great opportunities SLU LAW has to offer, but it also gives students interested in law unique exposure to the legal field they wouldn’t otherwise have.”
The week-long program will give participating high school-age students a small taste of what it would be like to be a lawyer each day by interacting with judges, lawyers and law students, as well as observing actual court proceedings.
“They will be learning directly from law students, faculty and professionals,” Morse said. “There will be workshops to teach them mock trial skills throughout the week, such as opening and closing statements, field trips to law offices and courthouses, as well as guest speakers from other areas of law.”
The week will conclude with a mini mock trial competition where the students will get to try out the skills they have learned throughout the week. The competition will be followed by an awards ceremony, as well as a reception for family and friends.
“It is not going to be a week of summer school. We want to have fun and get the students excited about these careers in the legal field,” Morse said. “We want them to step into the shoes of real lawyers and give them an opportunity to do some of the things that legal professionals get to do every day.”