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May 23 - July 26, 2019

February 20: Application Deadline

The TFAS Summer Law Fellowship in Washington D.C. is an intensive 9-week  program that exposes law students to issues of constitutional interpretation, limited government and free enterprise through legal internships, academic coursework, networking events, and career development sessions. In addition, students attend a law and public policy lecture series with leading constitutional scholars, judges, and practicing attorneys.

Those selected to participate in the fellowship program will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend the program and housing for the duration of the program. Awards are highly selective – only 15-20 students will be invited to participate in the 2019 program.

Competitive candidates should have a strong academic record, demonstrated interest in the principles of originalism, limited government, and free enterprise, and a commitment to honorable leadership and the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.

Program Format

The Fellowship consists of the following major components:

  • Two credit hour course on Constitutional Originalism with credit through the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
  • Legal internships with private law firms, lobbying firms, public interest legal organizations, and legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies throughout the Washington area.
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions on salient issues in law and policy.
  • Site briefings at key legal institutions and courts.
  • Professional development seminars, attorney mentor program and networking events.

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Please refer to the tabs to your left to read more about all aspects of the program, including housing, application instructions and deadlines. Questions may be directed to TFAS staff at Legal@tfas.org.

“The TFAS law program was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to experience the exciting and high-stakes world of Washington, D.C., while also studying core issues of constitutional interpretation and the intersection between law and economics. The classroom experience is top-notch and allowed me to explore subjects that are not taught at my law school. I was exposed to thought provoking and intimate discussions with some of the nation’s top academic and government officials—from noted Constitutional Law scholar Ilya Shapiro to Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson. Topping it all off, my internship allowed me to explore a completely new area of law and helped strengthen my core lawyering skills.”

Andrew Watkins, University of Kentucky College of Law
Internship: Office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Schedule

Program Dates
Fellows should plan to arrive on Thursday, May 23. Fellows planning to live in program housing will be allowed to check into their apartments between 10:00am - 2:00pm. Orientation and program activities will be planned for that afternoon and all day on Friday, May 24.  Fellows will be required to move out of the apartments on Friday, July 26 by 10:00am. Further details on arrival logistics, registration and orientation will be provided as the summer approaches.

 

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This schedule is only meant to give an idea of the summer’s general structure.  It is subject to change according to events and briefings.  There may also be select optional events during the work day. You will receive updated weekly calendars by e-mail throughout the summer.

General Weekly Schedule

This schedule is only meant to give an idea of the summer’s general structure.  It is subject to change according to events and briefings.  There may also be select optional events during the work day. You will receive updated weekly calendars by e-mail throughout the summer.

Monday
9:00AM – 5:00PM      Internships (Internships begin Tuesday, May 29)
6:30PM – 7:30PM       Guest Lecture/Professional Development Session

Tuesday
9:00AM – 5:00PM      Internships
6:00PM – 9:00PM      Class: Constitutional Originalism

Wednesday
9:00AM – 5:00PM      Internships
6:30PM – 7:30PM       Guest Lecture/Professional Development Session

Thursday
9:00AM – 5:00PM      Internships
6:00PM – 9:00PM       Class: Constitutional Originalism

Friday
9:00AM – 5:00PM      Internships

Saturday & Sunday
Optional Weekend Activities Provided: activities can include touring Mt. Vernon, attending a Washington Nationals baseball game, or visiting a museum.

Board of Visitors

The TFAS Summer Law Fellowship board of visitors is comprised of prominent legal professionals in the D.C. community. They voluntarily assist in the planning of and fundraising for the Summer Fellowship as well as offer their support with guest lecturers and internship placements. Their focus is to ensure that all fellows leave with an enhanced understanding of the principles that underpin a free society and a valuable experience that will benefit their future career goals.

John S. Baker
Visiting Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Randy E. Barnett
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory
Georgetown University Law Center

Frank J. Donatelli
Executive Vice-President
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

Todd Gaziano
Executive Director, Washington, DC Center & Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law
Pacific Legal Foundation

Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg
Senior Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit

Gregory R. Lyons
Technology, Patent and IP Law Consultant

Hon. Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Center for Judicial and Legal Studies
The Heritage Foundation

Thomas C. Morrison
Partner (Retired)
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Daniel D. Polsby
Professor of Law
George Mason Law Center

Peter K. Redpath
Vice President & Director of Student Division
The Federalist Society

Ilya Shapiro
Senior Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review
The Cato Institute

DISCLAIMER: Members of the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship Board of Visitors serve in a personal capacity and do not represent their listed employers.