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Thank you for your interest in this program, but we are unable to accept more applications or registrations at this time. Please explore our other opportunities and we hope to see you in summer 2024. 

Mock Trial: Practicing the Tools of Justice

Order, order! Did you know the same skills that could make for a good lawyer could also be applicable to other careers such as policy-makers, scientists, professors, and more? Critical thinking skills, oratorical excellence, and mastery of debate are critical skills for the next generation of leaders in every field. Discover and develop these abilities while exploring one of the best law institutions in the country!

Explore elements of oratory, persuasion, and written argumentation. Task yourself with taking both sides of an issue (whether you agree or disagree) and interrogate tactics for crafting both arguments and counter-arguments. Learn to craft an opening argument, cross-examine, and a closing argument. 

Visit Duke Law School with your fellow peers and learn from special guests from the legal field. At the conclusion of this course a mock trial will be held where you will engage all of these skills and prepare to leave the course with the requisite skills to engage a broad range of topics with a sharpened mind and critical-thinking skills.


How to Apply

Duke Pre-College uses a 2-step enrollment process: 

  1. First, students apply to the Pre-College program, indicating their course(s) of interest. Apply now.
  2. After they receive notification of their acceptance into Duke Pre-College, they enroll in the course(s) indicated in their Pre-College Application. 

Learn more on our How to Apply page.