Mock Trial

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James M. Schnoebelen, Ph.D. Pre-Law Camp Coordinator Office Phone: (785) 670-1426

Email Dr. Schnoebelen

Pre-Law Camp

The Washburn University Pre-Law Camp offers an enriching, educational, and fun opportunity for high school students and incoming college freshman to learn about the study of law. The camp features lectures by faculty from both the pre-law and law school faculty, practicing attorneys, mock trial coaches and current Washburn students that help campers understand what a legal education entails. Specific topics that are discussed during the camp include: How to apply for law school, How to prepare for the LSAT, How to survive a pre-law and a legal education, An overview of the legal rules of evidence, and An overview of intercollegiate Mock Trial.

Why should you attend Washburn’s Pre-Law Camp?

To learn the things that will help get you into law school and will enable you to survive it once you’re there.

  • To enhance your understanding of the law.
  • To improve your public speaking skills.
  • To improve your analytical reasoning abilities.
  • To build confidence.

Experience an actual Mock Trial!

Campers also have the opportunity to apply the legal information learned throughout the camp by participating in an actual Mock Trial. Campers will work with some of the nationally competitive Washburn Mock Trial competitors and coaches to prepare for this fun and enriching experience. The mock trial experience will help build your skills in the following areas: Courtroom Procedure, Evidence Basics, Opening and Closing Statement Techniques, Directing and Cross Examining Witnesses, Legal Theme and Theory Development, Arguing Objections, and Testifying as a Witness.

Camp Costs:

$150 per camper
**Costs cover lodging, food, campus and area tours, camp T-shirt and commemorative photo, and all instructional and administrative materials.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be submitted via email to jim.schnoebelen@washburn.edu or by calling (785) 670-1426. Cancellations received by May 23, will be fully refunded; cancellations received by June 6, will be 50% refunded; cancellations after June 6, will NOT be refunded.

Registration and Payment:

Please register online.  You may pay for camp with a credit card on the site after you register, or submit payments by check or money order to:
Washburn University Pre-Law Camp
Morgan Hall, Room 266
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Tentative Camp Schedule

June 22, 2014 - June 25, 2014

(Finalized schedules will be sent out once payment has been received)

Printable Schedule

Day 1 - June 22, 2014

  • 2:00-3:00 pm  Registration & Residence Hall Check-In (LLC Lobby)
  • 3:00-3:30 pm  Welcome speech and introductions (LLC Lobby) and Workshop Decorum and Behavior (Dr. Schnoebelen)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm  Law Speech—Criminal Law/Case Packet Discussion (Danielle Hall, Esq. & Jay Hall, Esq.)
  • 5:00-6:00 pm  Mock Trial Time (Team Assignments for Final trial)
  • 6:00 pm  Dinner and Movie Night (Blair Room)

Day 2 - June 23, 2014

  • 9:00-9:45 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Information Session: Preparation for Law School and the LSAT (Law School, Room 102)
  • 11:00-12:00 p.m.  How to Prepare for a Law School Class (Law School, Room 102)
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Lunch
  • 1:00-1:15 pm  Load Vans
  • 1:30-2:30 pm  Tour of Kansas Supreme Court
  • 2:30-2:45 pm  Load Vans
  • 3:30-5:30 pm  Lecture: Rules of Evidence & Mock Trial Time (Law School, Room 102)
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Dinner
  • After Dinner  Group Outing: Bowling

Day 3 - June 24, 2014

  • 9:00-9:45 a.m.  Breakfast (Blair Room)
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Law School Class (Law School, Room 102)
  • 11:00-noon  Panel: Law Students Q & A Session
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.  What Can I Do With a Law Degree? (Law School, Room 102)
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.  Load Vans
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.  Tour of the Capitol
  • 4:14-4:30 p.m.  Load Vans
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Mock Trial Time (LLC)
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m.  Mock Trial Time (LLC)

Day 4 - June 25, 2014

  • 8:00-8:45 a.m.  Breakfast (Blair Room)
  • 9:00-9:45 am  Camp Pictures Taken
  • 10:00-1:00 p.m.  Mock Trial Round (Law School Court Room)
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Lunch (Blair Room) and Evaluation of Camp, Closing Session
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Check-out & Departure (LLC Lobby)