The Legal Studies Institute summer law student program will be held in Washington from May 22 – August 1, 2014.  Co-sponsored by the Fund for American Studies and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, the Institute provides first and second year law students from around the U.S. the opportunity to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, and an accredited constitutional law course on “Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism in Action.”  The week-long course,  which covers the theory and practice of originalism, is taught at the Georgetown University Law Center by me, my Georgetown colleague Professor Lawrence Solum, and Visiting Lecturer Richard Izquierdo, with an emphasis on how originalism is “best practiced” in a nonpartisan and nonideological way.  It also features a diverse panel of leading public interest practitioners, as well as a briefing at the U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Antonin Scalia.  Details about the course are available here.

Applications and further information about the program are available here.  To receive priority admission consideration and a 5% discount on the cost of the program, please make sure to submit your application by the early deadline of February 6, 2014.  In addition, members of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy are eligible for a $1500 scholarship to attend the program.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to gain practical legal experience, explore the theory and practice of originalism, and build a network of contacts among Washington’s legal community.

Here are some further details:


  • Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week summer legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest organizations and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Federal Court of Appeals as well as other institutions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches.  Students will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars throughout the summer. Previous guest speakers have included:
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  • Former Attorneys General Edwin Meese and Michael Mukasey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Sykes
  • D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg
  • Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction.
  • Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.
  • Constitutional Law Course at Georgetown Law: You will be enrolled in a constitutional law course titled “Originalism in Action,” which will cover both the theory and practice of originalism. The course has an opening component on originalism and its critics, and the proper role of judges in enforcing the original meaning of the Constitution. It then transitions to studying some originalist decisions and scholarship on particular issues, with an emphasis on how originalism is “best practiced” in a nonpartisan and nonideological way. Classes will be held at Georgetown University Law Center and taught by Georgetown Law faculty, including Professors Randy Barnett and Lawrence Solum. Students will receive credit from Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law or from Georgetown University Law Center for an additional fee.
  • Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
  • Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Federalist Society members will receive an automatic $1,500 scholarship.


Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 6, 2014 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Please indicate your Federalist Society membership within your application materials in order to receive the $1,500 scholarship.

Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please visit for more details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Program Manager, at or 202.986.0384