What do lawyers do? Come to Legal Camp and find out! During this camp you will learn about the many roles lawyers play in our society, from courtroom advocates to policy-makers. Camp will be held at the University of Georgia School of Law, where students will hear from local attorneys, current law students, and professors. We will also take a trip to the local courthouse to see the justice system in action! Working together, students will hone their critical thinking and public speaking skills as they prepare opening statements, questions, and closing arguments for a mock trial. Families and friends are invited to watch the students show off their newfound skills on the final day of camp!
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Day and Overnight Options Available
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
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. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. 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 - $390
Overnight Camp - $870
The Legal camp is designed for students interested in legal studies and does not require any foundation in mock trial or the law. All are encouraged to attend.
Shannon Shipley Hinson joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2014 as the school’s associate director of admissions. Prior to joining Georgia Law, Hinson served as a litigator in Atlanta for over eight years. Hinson has been in the courtroom on numerous occasions, representing clients in dozens of trials. She was named a Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2014 and also in 2015 in recognition of her work during her last year in private practice. Hinson graduated summa cum laude from UGA in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in art history. She graduated in 2006 from Georgia Law where she served as the executive chair of the Moot Court Board, co-chair of the Legacy Committee and as a pupil of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. She later served a two-year term as a barrister with the inn after entering private practice. This is her fourth year as a Summer Academy Instructor.
William Ortiz is a recent graduate from Georgia Law. Prior to his time at Georgia Law, Will competed on mock trial teams since he was in high school, when he attended a summer legal camp at UGA. Since then, he has competed in college and in law school coached several teams. During law school, Will finished as both regional and national finalists in national trial competitions, where he also received personal awards. Georgia Law honored Will as the inaugural recipient of the Kellie Casey Oral Advocacy Scholarship, which is awarded to the law student who excels the most in oral advocacy. He has served as the vice-chair for the Moot Court Board and as a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Starting in August, Will will begin working for the Supreme Court of Georgia as Justice Charlie Bethel’s law clerk. He looks forward to working with the students this summer in the Legal Camp and teaching them about the world of advocacy! This is Will’s first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.
We recommend that all of our students bring a water bottle and small day bag to carry everyday items/supplies.
Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your camp. Overnight supply lists will be included.