Law-Related Education

2021 Online Summer Courses

CLCT has developed a series of introductory law courses for high school and university students. This program gives students the opportunity to experience courses ​in the comfort of their homes using an interactive videoconferencing platform. Courses last from 4 to a maximum of 14 hours and are designed for students who are keen to explore what studying law entails, and for those who have a passion for government studies or are interested in business and technology.

Courses are aimed at high school and university students aged 14 & above. If you are younger, please be in touch with us, we may be able to help.


University Students

Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System

JUNE 22–25, 2021  —  $375 (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT) Tuesday, June 22
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Wednesday, June 23–Friday, June 25 

Available to university and post university aged students, “Intro to Law” discusses what law is, how it is made, and how lawyers and judges can change it. This highly interactive and thought-provoking program addresses how the American legal system really works. At its end, students will better understand how to read and interpret statutes and court opinions.

  • Emphasizes logical thinking, analysis, and writing;
  • Provides the tools necessary to understand what law is and how it is changed; and
  • Explains the interaction between legislature and courts; Includes the writing of a basic legal memorandum of law.

For 26 years, this program was the core of William & Mary Law School’s introductory week for new law students. It is especially valuable for those considering or planning to go to law school.

This class encompasses 14 hours of lecture and class discussion. Class preparation requires assigned readings and at the end of the program writing a basic legal memorandum.


High School Students

Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System

JUNE 28–JULY 1, 2021 —  $375 (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT) Monday, June 28
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Tuesday, June 29–Thursday, July 1

JULY 12–15, 2021 —  $375 (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT) Monday, July 12
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Tuesday, July 13–Thursday, July 15

Available to high school students, “Intro to Law” discusses what law is, how it is made, and how lawyers and judges can change it. This highly interactive and thought-provoking program addresses how the American legal system really works. At its end, students will better understand how to read and interpret statutes and court opinions.

  • Emphasizes logical thinking, analysis, and writing;
  • Provides the tools necessary to understand what law is and how it is changed; and
  • Explains the interaction between legislature and courts; Includes the writing of a basic legal memorandum of law.

For 26 years, this program was the core of William & Mary Law School’s introductory week for new law students. It is especially valuable for those considering or planning to go to law school.

This class encompasses 14 hours of lecture and class discussion. Class preparation requires assigned readings and at the end of the program writing a basic legal memorandum.


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & the Law

JULY 12–14, 2021 —  $290 (CLOSED)

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

The world is changing. Artificial Intelligence is now in every home, from our phones to our smart speakers. As this field grows, so do the potential legal issues.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & the Law provides high school and college students a one-of-a-kind experience. This class introduces some of the key issues that society faces as technology advances. Students will explore the concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics, and the Internet of Things through real-life examples. Taught by international experts, this interactive class offers an introduction to cybersecurity, privacy law, civil and criminal liability, and the law of war through a combination of lectures and engaging discussion.

This class will encompass 7.5 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


Introduction to Negotiations

JULY 19–21, 2021 —  $290 – (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Many successful people are excellent negotiators – what’s their secret?

Successful people negotiate throughout their career. Business people negotiate with banks, regulators, and competitors. Lawyers negotiate with clients, opponents, colleagues, and judges. They negotiate to win big or lose small. They negotiate to gain the support of their team and superiors, and to persuade clients or adversaries. Without negotiation, lawyers would not be able to solve problems.

High school and college students will use the principles they learn in our Introduction to Negotiations course no matter what career they pursue! This dynamic class takes students through the basic elements of negotiation and how these skills are put into practice. By using a mixture of lecture and interactive scenarios, students explore how to avoid common pitfalls and maximize success in both life and business. This class is unlike anything else available.

This class will encompass 9 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


Introduction to Evidence

JULY 22–23, 2021 — $275 (CLASS CANCELLED)

12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM (EDT) Thursday, July 22

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) Friday, July 23

An interactive study of the rules that govern the types of information that can be used in court. To be admissible in court, information – evidence – must logically prove or disprove a matter in issue and must comply with a wide range of restrictions based on reliability concerns and public policy.  Topics include:

  • Hearsay
  • Best Evidence
  • Procedure
  • Relevance
  • Authentication

This class will encompass 8.5 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


Introduction to Torts

JULY 28–29, 2021 — $275 (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Ever wonder why people sue? What negligence actually is? Wonder no more! Introduction to Torts will explain everything.

Perfect for students enjoying thinking outside the box, this course explores the basics of the American tort law system. This interactive class explains the foundational concepts of negligence and liability in a range of cases, from car crashes to defective products to medical malpractice. Students will explore the same issues and topics introduced in every first-year law school course on Torts. Our class will foster logical thinking, writing and research skills, and analytical capabilities by providing students an opportunity to read and study real cases. This class, designed for high school and college students, will provide valuable skills for college and beyond.

This class will encompass 8.5 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


Introduction to Interrogations and Self-Incrimination

JULY 21, 2021 —  $120 – (CLOSED)

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

You have the right to… what exactly?

Interrogation and Self-Incrimination explores the right against self-incrimination, its limits, and its future. In this foundational course, students will explore the constitutional and evidentiary limits to the government’s questioning of suspects. Additionally, the class will consider the history of the Fifth Amendment and its effectiveness in present-day society. The course will also dive into Miranda warnings-what they are and how they work. Students will receive relevant portions of Professor Lederer’s desktop-published text, Fundamental Criminal Procedure. This course is perfect for any high school or college student interested in a career as a lawyer or criminal investigator.

This class will encompass 4 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


Introduction to Search & Seizure

JULY 26–27, 2021  — $275 (CLASS CANCELLED)

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

The course covers key aspects of how the Fourth Amendment governs law enforcement’s ability to search and seize. Topics will include:

  • The warrant and probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment; and
  • Exceptions including consent, border searches, emergency searches, stop and frisk, and searches incident to a lawful arrest.

This class will encompass 8.5 hours of instruction, which include lecture and class discussion.


For additional information about the courses please contact emcneil@wm.edu or 757-221-2494.

*Dates may be subject to change*

This content has been updated on November 8, 2021 at 10:50 am.