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    Hollinsummer: Spirit of the Law – Social Justice Pre-College Program

    Hollinsummer: Spirit of the Law – Social Justice Pre-College Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Girls Only
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Law, Social Justice, Career Exploration
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Government and Public Administration, Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (540) 362-6000
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    Looking for an adventure this summer? Join us for Hollinsummer, a pre-college summer program for young women with interests in everything from creative writing, STEM, and social justice to theatre and riding.

    In this exciting summer course, high school students will engage in an immersive experience in the foundations and practice of law and American government at Hollins University.

    In addition to learning the fundamentals of the U.S. judiciary in action (state and federal systems, trial and appellate courts, criminal and civil cases, and the impactful people who shape them), students will strengthen the same basic skills that lawyers, advocates, judges, and law clerks use in court:

    decoding primary sources of law

    constructing persuasive oral and written communication

    critical thinking

    creative problem solving

    We will also observe current practitioners at work; unpack representations of criminal and civil law in movies and television; and hold mock oral arguments, negotiations, and trial simulations.

    Civil rights lawyer and assistant professor of political science and gender and women’s studies, Courtney Chenette, will be your instructor. As Hollins’ pre-law academic advisor, she counsels students that every major is a pre-law major because the law intersects with every field of work and course of study: from government to healthcare and medicine, art making to environmental science, social justice to domestic and international business. Find your connection this summer!