Summer Academy Camps

Mock Trial: Session A


Experience the thrill of courtroom drama in our Mock Trial camp! We'll explore the life of a trial lawyer as we study the law, learn the legal lingo, and prepare for our final mock trials at the end of the week. When we're done, you'll know how to approach a case, question witnesses, and perform persuasive closing arguments. As you build your case and advocate for your fictional clients, you will become familiar with court procedures and the rules of evidence, all while honing your critical thinking and public speaking skills. On the final day of camp, the mock trials will be open for family and friends to attend, and we will post clips of the trial online for later viewing.

Ages: 12-17

Course Information

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Course Date: Monday, June 1, 2015 - Friday, June 5, 2015
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $350

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $750

This course is designed for students who are absolutely new to the subject matter, and those who have some prior experience with Mock Trial activities.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download in the right hand column of this page as soon as registration opens, and will be processed in the order they are received. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out beginning in mid-May, and could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.


Jennifer L. McGhan, J.D. is a lawyer and a member of the Florida Bar. She currently works as a legal mediator for Southeast Georgia Conflict Resolution, an organization she established in 2014. Jennifer graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, MI, where she served as a Moot Court Teaching Assistant and earned a place on both the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. She has worked as a law clerk, and as a paralegal for the Georgia Public Defender’s Office in Camden County, GA. While there, she also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), where she advocated for abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court system. Jennifer loves helping people solve their problems, and as a mediator, she has been Approved Neutral in the State of Georgia for both General Civil and Domestic Relations cases. This is her first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students will be expected to dress professionally for the final day of mock trials. A more detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.