Law Institute

Your permission to approach the bench is granted: experience an insider’s view of being a Lawyer!

Find out what it’s really like to be a lawyer.  This is your opportunity to virtually interact with attorneys from a wide range of law practice areas and career paths.   You will learn about arguing for your client in front of a judge in a criminal litigation case.  Find out what it’s like to represent an international company in an acquisition transaction being financed by a loan from a bank and an equity investment by a private equity group.  Experience what it feels like to virtually sit in a 1L law class from the perspective of Wake Forest law students and professors.  Virtually meet attorneys who used their law degrees to pursue non-legal careers, including being an U.S. Ambassador or an ESPN college basketball announcer. Learn about confidentiality, conflicts, candor and other ethical duties that lawyers must observe.  While  immersed in our 4-day journey together, you will hear valuable life lessons from our presenters, including the importance of developing relationships, balancing family and work life, being resilient, and pursuing your passion.

*The above content has been updated to reflect what students will experience during the Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience. Content Subject to change.

At a Glance


Dates:Summer 2021 dates will be announced on November 1, 2020.

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

Program Length: 4-day sessions (Mon. – Thurs.)

Daily Hours: 1:00 – 4:30 PM (EST)

Program Tuition: $700

Location: Online

*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.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Government Law and Lobbying
  • Judicial System
  • Sports Law
  • Transactional Law

Virtual Experience:

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

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Law Institute Costs:

Online | $700

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A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 PM – Sign-on
  • 1:05 PM – Norms surrounding online learning
  • 1:10 PM – Deacon Dive In- Welcome to Wake Forest University!
  • 1:15 PM – Online Icebreaker – Get to Know Our Cohort
  • 1:30 PM – Welcome from Academic Leader- John Chinuntdet
  • 1:40 PM – Session 1 Topic: Corporate and Financial Law
  • 2:10 PM – Session 1: Q and A
  • 2:25 PM – Break
  • 2:30 PM – Session 2 Topic: Criminal Law
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2 – Q&A
  • 3:15 PM – Academic Leader Daily Challenge, Whole Group Discussion – Polls, Q&A
  • 3:30 PM – Deacon Discussion- Wake Forest Student Mentors, Q&A
  • 4:30 PM – Wrap Up from Academic Leader

Dates for Summer 2021 will be announced on November 1, 2020.

John Chinuntdet

Academic Leader, Law Institute

John Chinuntdet is a partner in the law firm of Moore & Van Allen, PLCC, one of the largest and oldest law firms in the Carolinas.  John’s parents immigrated from Thailand to the United States in the early 1960s. John attended Wake Forest where he was  a philosophy major and fraternity president.

After Wake Forest, John attended Southern Methodist University Law School and then practiced law  at Winstead P.C. first as a lobbyist and then as a corporate/securities attorney.  While in Dallas, John married his college sweetheart, Dr. Tonya Crowe-Chinuntdet.  They moved from Dallas to Charlotte in 1996.  In Charlotte, John first joined a transactional law firm where he became the youngest person to make partner.  In December 1998, John led a team of attorneys to Moore & Van Allen.  For the past two decades, John has headed or co-headed the firm’s Investment Team which represents institutional investors, private equity funds, and wealthy families in their investment, mergers, acquisitions and transactional activities.  The Investment Team has closed many investment transactions including:  Los Angeles Dodgers, Bojangles Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Pebble Beach Golf Course, Worldwide Express, OSI Group, Speedway Motorsports, New York Yankees, World50 and many other deals.  John and Tonya have 3 children: Jason who graduated from Wake Forest in 2017 and is a consultant at Gartner, Nicole who is a rising sophomore at University of California-Davis and Sarah who is a rising first year at University of Virginia.  When he isn’t helping his clients, John can usually be found flyfishing or bowhunting with his family, clients and friends all over the world.