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On-Campus Summer Government Academies

Engage with renowned speakers and faculty from Harvard Kennedy School, explore today's global issues and challenges, and gain a broader perspective of law and politics.

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The Government: Pre-Law Academy provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge about the U.S. legal system, Supreme Court cases, and different types of law. Learning how to approach cases and legal documents like a lawyer, and developing valuable critical thinking and reading skills, will prepare students for a mock trial, where they will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a lawyer, witness, or judge, and simulate a real legal trial. The strong curriculum taught allows students to not only learn about the U.S. legal system, but also gain a better understanding of what being pre-law entails.

What you'll learn:
  • Explore and learn about different types of law, from corporate law to real estate law.
  • Study the court cases that have shaped our legal framework and laws today.
  • Take a deep dive into the federal court system and how your own state court system is structured.
  • Learn how to approach and read cases like a lawyer.
  • Practice LSAT questions and participate in a mock trial.

International Politics

The Government: International Politics Academy provides students with insight into the structures of government, as well as diplomacy tactics and international relations between countries. Learning about topics ranging from how political campaigns work, to how laws are written and passed in Congress, to the impact on game theory on diplomacy will prepare students for their own attempt at writing public policy. The curriculum allows students to not only learn about international political science, but also gain a better understanding of what working in government entails.

What you'll learn:
  • Take an in-depth look into the workings of government, from elections and political campaigns, to policy writing and legislation passing.
  • Understand what diplomacy is and how countries interact with each other, including game theory analysis.
  • Learn about political theory, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, populism, liberalism, and conservatism.
  • Place yourselves in the shoes of a policy pitch team and present a viable proposal to Harvard student judges.

Program Eligibility, Tuition, & Dates

Our On-Campus Academies run for one week (M-F) during the summer months. They are open to high school students in grades 9-12. Tuition is $1,600, with early bird discounts and generous need-based financial aid available.

Program Dates
Pre-Law June 17 - June 21
International Politics June 24 - June 28
Pre-Law July 22 - July 26
International Politics July 29 - August 2
Pre-Law August 5 - August 9

Financial Aid

The Academies is proud to offer need-based financial aid for both domestic and international students.

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