About Mock Trial Summer Institute

What is the Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI)?

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. Our counselors are educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their school's Mock Trial teams. All points of Mock Trial are covered, from “Evaluating the Case” to “Closing Arguments.” The students are divided into teams on the first evening of camp. During the week, they work on a past Mock Trial case, incorporating their new skills and techniques into their presentation. The trials take place before a judge on the last day. Time is also built into the daily schedule for the students to engage in organized team and confidence building activities, as well as free time to enjoy the numerous recreational activities. There is one adult counselor for every six students, a nurse, a camp director, and a Law, Youth and Citizenship representative on site all week.  The students are bunked two or three to a room in a typical camp-style dorm with shared bathrooms. Meals are served in the cafeteria, buffet style.  

When is MTSI?

The next Mock Trial Summer Institute is Sunday, July 15 through Friday, July 20, 2018.

Where is MTSI?

The next Mock Trial Summer Institute will be at the Silver Bay YMCA, Silver Bay, NY (on the northern shore of Lake George).

How much does it cost?

The fee for students who reside/attend school in New York State is $250.00. A portion of the total cost for these students to attend MTSI is funded by a grant from the New York Bar Foundation. Out of state students may apply to attend the program, however, the fee for out of state students is $1,000.00 as they are not eligible for the grant funding. The fee includes the room, all meals, classroom materials, and activities.

I'm interested in attending MTSI. How do I apply?

Students are selected to attend MTSI through an application process. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must submit their application, along with a 500 word essay explaining why they should be accepted into the program, and two letters of recommendation (one from their teacher coach and one from their attorney advisor). Applications are accepted in the spring for consideration for that year’s MTSI. We are limited on the number of students we can accept, which is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  No payment is due at the time of application. 

Click here to download the Student Application.

Please note: Space is limited in our program. We will not accept applications after June 15. Be advised that once the limit has been reached, no more applications will be accepted, even if that occurs prior to June 15. 


How will I know if I'm accepted into MTSI?

If you are accepted into MTSI, we will send you the official Acceptance Packet, which includes the Notice of Payment Due. You should complete the forms and return them with your payment in full. Your acceptance is not confirmed until payment is received. 

I'm an educator. Can I be a counselor at MTSI?

Yes! If you are an educator who teaches law-related educational classes and are involved with your school's Mock Trial team, you can apply to be a counselor at our Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI). College students who are have several years of experience participating in mock trial are also welcome to apply.

Click here to download the Counselor Application! 

I'm an attorney. Can I volunteer to be a judge at MTSI?

Yes! If you are attorney interested in participating as a judge at MTSI, send an email to Kim Francis at kfrancis@nysba.org for more information.


Click the links below to access more information!

MTSI Applications 

MTSI Case 

MTSI Forms and Information 

MTSI Flyer 

New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament/Mock Trial Summer Institute brochure


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.