Law, Youth and Citizenship Program

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    • Upcoming Events

      May 18-19 - Mock Trial Tournament / July 12-17 - Mock Trial Summer Institute

      New York Statewide Mock Trial Tournament Finals
      May 18-19, 2015 - Albany, NY

      The New York State High School Mock Trial Finals are held in Albany, NY in May over a three day period. The finalists from each region travel to Albany to participate. Expenses for the teams and coaches/mentors are paid for through a grant from The New York Bar Foundation.  On Day One, following hotel check-in and dinner, the teams are granted practice time to finalize their presentations.  On Day Two, all teams compete twice to determine the top two teams that will move forward to compete in the final round.  On Day Three, the final round is held to determine the New York State Mock Trial Champion. While in Albany, the students are given the opportunity to network with students from around the state who share similar interests and pursuits. All students participating in the New York State Mock Trial Finals receive special awards and a commemorative tee shirt. More importantly, the students leave Albany with the knowledge that they did their best in one of the oldest and largest Mock Trial programs in the nation.  Go to for more info. 

      New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute
      July 12-17, 2015 - Silver Bay, NY

      We are currently accepting student applications.  We are also accepting applications from Educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams to be Counselors at our Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI).  Attorneys who are interested in participating as a judge may call Kim Francis at 518-486-5760.

      Go to Mock Trial Summer Institute Applications  to download your application now!

      What is the Mock Trial Summer Institute?

      The New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) is an intensive week-long educational camp for high school students who are involved with mock trial. Students are selected to attend MTSI through an application process. The application is available online at  Teachers and attorneys must provide letters of recommendation for the student to be considered. 

      Applications are accepted in the spring for consideration for that year’s MTSI.  MTSI typically takes place at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George during July and runs from Sunday to Friday. The number of students accepted varies, but MTSI can accommodate up to 48 students. The fee for New York State students is $250.00 and $1,000.00 for out of state students. The fee includes the room, all meals, classroom materials, and activities. A deposit is required and the balance is due upon acceptance. Some financial assistance is available to qualified attendees.  Go to for more info.  

  • Mock Trial


    For information about the New York Statewide Mock Trial Program or the Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI), click on the titles below.

    Click here to view the brochure.

    New York Statewide Mock Trial Program  
    In this educational program, co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation, high school students have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Thousands of students participate each year from all around New York State.      

    The 2015 Mock Trial Tournament Finals will be held in Albany on May 18-19.
    Go to for the latest updates

    Mock Trial Summer Institute

    The Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) was established in 2005 to strengthen students' and teams' understanding of Mock Trial and its applications.  Forty-eight students are selected from New York State schools to attend this week-long, intensive camp-like experience.  Under the direction of counselors, who are Mock Trial teacher-coaches and experienced attorneys, the students study all aspects of Mock Trial and apply their studies to the presentation of a Mock Trial case on the final day of MTSI.  The fee is $250 for students in New York State and $1,000 for students from out of state.

    The 2015 Mock Trial Summer Institute will be held in Silver Bay, NY from July 12-17.

    We are currently accepting student applications.  We are also seeking Educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams to be Counselors at our Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI).

    Go to Mock Trial Summer Institute Applications  to download your application now.

    Mock Trial 101 Program Training Video 

    Download training videos designed to give Mock Trial teams a competitive edge - whether they are first-year teams or experienced participants.  Mock Trial 101 is part of the award-winning NYSBA Youth Empowering Youth Program honored by the American Bar Association as one of the winners of the ABA's 2007 Outstanding Law Day Activity Award.   

  • Classroom Resources

    Civics and Law-Related Education

    The Law, Youth  and Citizenship Program administers several nationally renowned civic education programs, as well as sponsoring many local and regional civic education events. LYC also works with New York teachers and school districts to offer no-cost professional development in the areas of civic and law-related education. The LYC program also offers many no and low-cost publications to teachers, as well as rich online resources for classrooms.

    Please use the links below:

    We the People


    State Court Watch

    Advocating Your Way into Adulthood (145 KB PDF)

    New York News in Education

    Justice Resource Center

    PATCH Program of Northport, NY

    Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY

    American Bar Association

    General K-5 links

  • Awards & Contests


    Civics & Law Honor Roll - rolling deadline/secondary school students - click for guidelines (pdf)

    Distinguished Educator - deadline Oct. 31, 2014

    Distinguished Attorney - deadline Oct. 31, 2014   


    Jackson Essay Contest 2015  

    Scholarships & Grants

    Annual LYC Conference  

    Mini-Grant Applications  

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