About Mock Trial Summer Institute

2017 Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI)

Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21
Silver Bay, NY


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. During the week, the students attend sessions presented by experienced Mock Trial teachers and attorneys. Counselors are educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams. 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. During the week, they work on a past Mock Trial case, incorporating their new skills and techniques into their presentation. Guest speakers, local attorneys, and additional educators are brought in throughout the week to assist in instruction.   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 free time to enjoy the numerous recreational activities. 

Students are selected to attend MTSI through an application process.  The application is available online at  MTSI Applications. 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. We offer rolling admission, but we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we are limited as to the number of students we can accept into the program.  If you are accepted into MTSI, we will send you the official Acceptance Packet. No payment is due until you have been accepted into the program and you have confirmed your attendance in writing.  Once you have confirmed your attendance, you should complete the forms that are provided in the Acceptance Packet and return them with your payment in full.

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. 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. 

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.  Some financial assistance may be available to students from New York State.  A Scholarship Application is available upon request.  For more information, contact Kim Francis at kfrancis@nysba.org 

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.   

Click on these links for more information:  

MTSI Applications (for Students and Counselors) (No applications will be accepted after June 30).

MTSI Case    

MTSI Forms and Information    

MTSI Flyer  


Want to be a Counselor?

Educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams 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!      

Want to be a Judge?

Attorneys who are interested in participating as a judge at MTSI may email Kim Francis at   kfrancis@nysba.org   

Information about our New York Statewide Mock Trial Program and MTSI is available in our brochure.   Click here to view the brochure.    

Still have questions?  Contact Kim Francis at    kfrancis@nysba.org