What is mock trial summer institute?

Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) is an intensive week long educational camp for high school students who are involved with Mock Trial. During the week, the students attend sessions presented by experienced Mock Trial teachers and attorneys. All points of Mock Trial are covered from "Evaluating the Case" to "Closing Arguments." The students are put in teams on the first evening of camp and during the week they work on a past Mock Trial case, incorporating their new skills and techniques into their presentation. The cases are presented on the final day before a judge. Time is built into the daily schedule for the students to engage in organized team and confidence building activities, as well as to set out on their own to take advantage of the camp's numerous recreational activities. 

MTSI takes place during July at the Silver Bay YMCA, located on the northern shores of Lake George, NY. Forty-eight students from across the state are selected to attend, based upon applications submitted in the late winter. Counselors are educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams. Guest speakers, local attorneys, and additional educators are brought in throughout the week to assist in instruction.

Thanks to generous backing from the New York Bar Foundation, we are able to offer MTSI for in-state campers at a low $250 for the week. This fee includes room, board, activity fees, and all materials. The cost for out-of-state campers is $1000.

The New York Bar Foundation provides funding for this program in conjunction with The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.