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. From arguing for your client in a criminal litigation case to representing an international company in an acquisition transaction, students will be exposed to a wide range of law practice areas and career paths. Learn about confidentiality, conflicts, candor, and other ethical duties that lawyers must observe. While being immersed in our week-long institute, 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.

At a Glance


Dates: June 13 – 18 and July 11 – 16

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,500

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

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*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
  • Transactional Law

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Participate in a 1L Law Class
  • Read and Discuss Case Studies in Teams
  • Negotiations Exercise
  • Mentoring from Law Students and Young Lawyers
  • Engage with Industry-Leading Guest Speakers

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Law Institute Costs

Winston-Salem Campus (Overnight) | $2,500

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Icebreaker and Speed Networking
  • 10:30 am – Tour Wake Forest School of Law
  • 11:00 am – Topic: Business Law
  • 11:30 am – Q&A and Case Study Discussion
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – A Day in the Life of a Judge
  • 2:00 pm – 1L Simulation Class
  • 3:00 pm – Case Analysis Breakouts
  • 4:30 pm – Dismiss and Debrief
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.

Meet Your Academic Leader

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.