Hall of Justice hosts legal career camp for teens

Know any teens who want to get a jump-start on a legal career? Then send them to Lansing this summer.

The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center is hosting its annual “Exploring Careers in the Law” program for two weeklong sessions in June and July.

Taking place at the Michigan Hall of Justice, it will host junior high and high school students who are interested in learning about Michigan courts and legal careers.

The high school program (students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2011) runs June 20-24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. Junior high students (entering grades 7-9 in fall 2011) will participate July 18-22 from 9 a.m.-noon daily.

Junior high students will explore a range of law-related careers through tours and activities. Participants will meet with judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals, and observe proceedings at a local trial court.

High school students will participate in a “moot court,” similar to arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court. Participants will hear from Justices, lawyers, and other legal professionals.

“The goal of the programs is to have students examine the structure of Michigan’s judicial system and give them a real-life view of legal careers,” said Learning Center Coordinator Rachael L. Drenovsky.

Registration for each program is limited to 20 students, selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline is May 13, 2011. The registration fee is a $75 donation to the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Learning Center Fund.

Learn more at www.courts.mi.gov/plc, or contact Drenovsky at drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov or (517) 373-5027.

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to June 3. 

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