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May 21 - August 1, 2015

Spend a summer in the nation’s capital with law students from around the country who are all passionate about public policy and law. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. LSI will give you an insider’s view of Washington, and by the end of the summer you may be ready to call DC home!

Program Format

LSI consists of the following major components:

  • Academic course on Originalism and the Federalist Papers accredited by Ohio Northern University or Georgetown University Law Center.
  • 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 featuring policy and legal experts.
  • Site briefings at key legal institutions and courts.
  • Professional development seminars, mentor program and networking events.

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in DC an experience to remember:

  • Housing in furnished apartments in the heart of DC.
  • Roommate matching with other institute students based upon compatibility criteria.
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, housing and the city upon your arrival.
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid and general questions in the months leading up to the program.
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with program participants. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to Mt.Vernon.
  • An active network of over 13,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the tabs to your left to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the “Apply Online” link on the left-hand menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see “Contact Us” for details on how to reach us.

“The Legal Studies Institute was the epitome of a challenging, yet rewarding summer experience that indisputably helped to enhance my professional skills.”

Shaun Cummings, Stetson University College of Law
Intern, Law Offices of Scott J. Bloch

Board of Visitors

The Legal Studies Institute board of visitors is comprised of prominent working professionals in the D.C. community. They voluntarily assist in the planning of and fundraising for the Institute as well as offer their support with guest lecturers and internship placement. Their focus is to ensure that all students leave with an enhanced understanding of the functionality of government 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
Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies
The Heritage Foundation

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

Gregory R. Lyons
Wiley Rein LLP

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

Cleta Mitchell
Foley & Lardner LLP

Thomas C. Morrison
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Jacki Pick
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Congressman Trent Franks (AZ)

Daniel D. Polsby
Dean and 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 LSI Board of Visitors serve in a personal capacity and do not represent their listed employers.