Law-Related Education

2021 Summer Courses will be online

CLCT has developed a series of introductory law courses for high school and college 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, but also for those who have a passion for government studies or are interested in business and technology. 

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


Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System

Available to high school and college age students, Intro to Law will explain what the law is, how it is made, and how judges can change the law. This interactive and thought provoking program will help students understand how the judicial branch interprets, creates, and modifies legal rules.

  • Emphasizes logical thinking and writing
  • Traces the sources of our laws
  • Introduces the separate function of lawmakers and courts
  • Uses primary and secondary sources
  • Addresses many Virginia SOL requirements for U.S.Government

This class will encompass 14 hours of instruction, which include lecture, class discussion, and homework.


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & the Law

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

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

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 logicially prove or disprove a matter in issue and must comply with a wide range of resrictions 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

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.


Interrogations and Self-Incrimination

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

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
  • 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 lakuderka@wm.edu or 757-221-2494.

* Dates may be subject to change

This content has been updated on January 13, 2021 at 10:39 am.