Law Institute

Your permission to access the bench is granted. Experience an insider’s view of the legal industry.

Find out what it’s really like to be a lawyer. This is your chance to learn about civil, criminal & transactional litigation as well as analyze and argue your case in a moot court simulation. Learn to make your argument, network with judges and attorneys and dive into the law industry to discover if this is the career path for you!

At a Glance


Dates:  June 19th-23rd (Non Residential) | July 9th – 14th (Residential)

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1 Week

Program Tuition: $1,450 (Non Residential) | $2,250 (Residential)

Location: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Non Residential and Residential Options Offered

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Law Institute participants.

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What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Patents and Intellectual Property
  • Litigation vs. Transactional Law
  • Contracts, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Judicial System

Hands-On Experience:

  • Access to industry-leading guest speakers
  • Moot court
  • Analyze real case studies that correspond with curriculum
  • Experience a day in the life of a lawyer
  • Learn from panel discussions with young lawyers
  • Learn about law school admissions process

Law Institute Costs:

Charlotte Campus (Non-Residential Program) | $1,450

Charlotte Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Arrival, Light Breakfast, Journal Writing
  • 9:30-10:30 am – Panel: Criminal Litigation and Q&A
  • 10:30-11:00 am – Ethics Case Study
  • 11:00-11:30 am – Guest Lecturer: Intellectual Property/Patent Law and Q&A
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Law School Admissions
  • 1:00-3:00 pm – Tour and Talk: Panthers Stadium – Sports Law
  • 3:00-4:00 pm – Activity: Moot Court Simulation
  • 4:00-4:30 pm – Guest Lecturer: Transactional Litigation Lawyer

lawKeith Trent

Academic Leader, Law Institute (Charlotte)

Keith Trent recently retired as executive vice president of grid solutions and president of Duke Energy’s Midwest and Florida regions, where he served
as chief executive strategist, general counsel, and engineer. Keith played an instrumental role negotiating and integrating two high-profile mergers. His leadership footprint spans across most Duke Energy business lines including, but not limited to, central engineering; environmental, health and safety; government affairs; federal energy policy; commercial generation; renewables; and Latin America operations. Keith’s early career highlights include serving as a law firm partner, practicing attorney, and reservoir/production engineer.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, he holds a juris doctor degree from the University Of Texas College Of Law.Keith serves as member of the board of visitors for Wake Forest University School of Business and is a prominent member of other community boards, research, and business foundations. A native of North Little Rock, Ark., Keith and his wife, Lucy, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two sons.