LAW Camp engages local teens

LAW Camp
Participants in the new LAW for New Haven teens engage in a workshop held at the Quinnipiac School of Law Center.
July 20, 2012 - A group of New Haven teens is spending three days learning about the legal system as part of a new summer camp.

The goal of the camp, which has 24 participants, is to inspire students in the New Haven area to develop an interest in the law and in the legal profession. The camp is being held July 18-20 at Quinnipiac School of Law, Yale Law School and the New Haven Superior Court.

The first annual LAW Camp--the acronym stands for Love to Learn, Apply Yourself, and Work for Justice--was the brainchild of Attorney Sung-Ho Hwang and Judge Angela Robinson of the Connecticut Superior Court. The pair identified a need in the New Haven community to educate young people about the legal profession and teamed up with LEAP of New Haven and area legal professionals to bring the idea to life.

The schedule includes workshops and panel discussions with local attorneys, a visit to a local law firm and a mock trial of a criminal case. For the mock trial, participants are divided into teams and coached by a local attorney.

An essential component of the camp is to provide campers with an opportunity to interact with actual law students, law professors, law clerks, practicing lawyers and sitting judges.