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 a company in a contract negotiation 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: July 10 – 15 or July 24 – 29, 2022

Both weeks of Summer 2022 Law have a waitlist implemented

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

Overnight Tuition: $2,500

Day-Camp Tuition: $1,500

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

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

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Transactional Law
  • Health Law
  • Judicial System
  • Public Interest Law

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Participate in a 1L Law Class
  • Read and Discuss Case Studies in Teams
  • Criminal Law Simulation and 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

Overnight | $2,500

Day Camp | $1,500

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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

Eileen Prescott

Eileen Prescott

Academic Leader, Law Institute

Eileen Prescott is the project director for the Accountable Prosecutor Project at Wake Forest University Law School. She is originally from Peoria, Illinois, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Eileen worked in an international human rights clinic and two different prosecutors’ offices during law school, including the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable James E. Shadid in the Central District of Illinois. Following her clerkship, Eileen moved to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in federal habeas cases involving state convictions. She brings her firsthand experience from these three different prosecutor offices to Wake Forest’s newly-formed Accountable Prosecutor Project, where she leads research on ways that prosecutors can be responsive to their communities and transparent about their conduct.

Eileen is licensed in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, and admitted to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She and her partner Ryan Gaylord enjoy making music together, having met in the pit band for their law school musical. They have a beautiful golden retriever who can do no wrong.