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Participate in an immersive exploration of the U.S. legal system

Are you a high school student interested in learning more about our nation’s legal system and how attorneys prepare a case for trial? Perhaps you are considering a career in law as a trial attorney, prosecutor, or defense attorney. Maybe you want to build your self-confidence and strengthen your ability to communicate your ideas and opinions to others. If any of these are true, you are the ideal candidate for the UCLA Mock Trial Summer Institute.

This week-long program is a great way to broaden your knowledge base, explore college and career options, boost your self-confidence and powers of persuasion – all while making new friends and having fun! Join us online to train with the National Champion UCLA Mock Trial Team Coach and Team Members! Learn effective trial advocacy techniques and improve your public speaking skills. UCLA has won the Collegiate National Championship four times in the last 16 years, more than any other university in the country, and you will have the chance to work with both our coaches and team members.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. The program fee also includes the cost of UCLA Housing (for mandatory housing programs). In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

The program fees listed in the selection are for the Mandatory Housing versions only. The following are the program fees for the Virtual version.

  • High School Student = $1,288
  • Incoming UCLA Student = $1,076
  • Incoming UC Student = $1,076

All other fees listed will remain the same for the Virtual version.

Program Fee
Registration Fee
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students)
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* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet your instructors

Professor Gonzalo Freixes

Associate Dean

Gonzalo Freixes is an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he teaches courses in Real Estate, Business Law, Taxation and International Business.  Prof. Freixes is currently the Associate Dean of the Fully Employed and Executive MBA Programs at UCLA Anderson. He has a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School and a Master in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.

Prof. Freixes has taught courses and led programs in international business with UCLA Anderson students in several countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  He frequently lectures on the subjects of taxation, corporate governance, business ethics, international business and trial advocacy.  He is the Faculty Advisor and Coach for the UCLA Mock Trial Program.

Portrait of Gonzalo Freixes. He is wearing a dark suit jacket, a white shirt and brown tie.

Elizabeth Smiley

Mock Trial Head Coach

Elizabeth Smiley is a litigation associate working in the class action group at Baron & Budd, P.C. in Los Angeles, California. She has coached undergraduate mock trial at UCLA since 2017 and currently serves as Head Coach.  She is also an instructor in the UCLA Mock Trial Institute. Ms. Smiley previously competed and coached at the University of Arizona. She has been a member of the American Mock Trial Association Board of Directors since 2022 and currently serves as Rules Committee Chair. Ms. Smiley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona Law School.