Law Institute

Your permission to approach 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 and criminal litigation as well as analyze and argue your case in a moot court simulation. You have the opportunity to explore corporate, intellectual property and international law practices. Learn to make your argument, network with judges and attorneys and dive into the legal industry to discover if this is the career path for you.

At a Glance


Dates: June 24-29, 2018 or July 15-20, 2018

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

Program Length: 1-week sessions

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

Location: Charlotte, NC – Wake Forest University Charlotte Center

Residential or Non-Residential: Non-Residential and Residential Options Available

*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

  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • International Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Family Law
  • Sports Law
  • Transactional Law – Contracts, Mergers, and Acquisitions
  • The Judicial System

Hands-On Experience:

  • Participate in a 1L simulation class
  • Moot court competition
  • Negotiations exercise
  • Mentoring from law students and young lawyers
  • Engage with industry-leading guest speakers

Law Institute Costs:

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

Charlotte Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – Criminal Litigation and Trial Exercise
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am – Intellectual Property and Innovation Exercise
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Law School Admissions
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Sports Law Tour: Panthers Stadium
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Moot Court Preparation
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm – Transactional Law
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

lawKeith Trent

Academic Leader, Law Institute

Keith Trent recently retired as executive vice president of grid solutions and president of Duke Energy’s Midwest and Florida regions. He previously served as the company’s chief strategy officer, chief operations officer and chief legal officer. Keith played an instrumental role negotiating and integrating two high-profile mergers. His leadership footprint spanned across most Duke Energy business lines including, but not limited to law, 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 has served as a member of the board of visitors for Wake Forest University School of Business and other community boards, and research, and business foundations. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Keith and his wife, Lucy, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two sons.