Legal Studies Institute for First and Second Year Law Students


Program Costs

Students enrolled in the Legal Studies Institute are required to take the Economic Foundations of Legal Studies and Theories of Constitutional Interpretation course. They will earn 3 credits from George Mason University Anton Scalia Law School upon the completion of the program.

Optional housing is provided in furnished apartments in historic residential apartment buildings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

All tuition and housing expenses should be paid directly to the Legal Studies Institute.

3 Credits from George Mason University School of Law: $2,950
A deposit of $750 is due three weeks after acceptance.

Optional Housing in Historic Residential Apartment Buildings in Capitol Hill: $1,950
For duration of 8-week program. Click here for more details on housing.

Legal Studies Institute Estimate of living costs (actual costs vary and are not included in the program costs):
Books and supplies: $200
Food: $1,000 (depending on personal preferences)
Transportation around Washington: $350 (Metro train and bus fare)
Personal Expenses: $250 (entertainment, etc.)
Transportation to Washington: Based on distance to Washington and type of travel


The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship funding is awarded based on a combination of factors including:

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Excellence
  • Extracurricular Achievement
  • Leadership Activities

Approximately 70% of students receive scholarship funding through TFAS. Scholarships for the Legal Studies Institute typically range from $500 to $3,000.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please plan to submit your scholarship materials at the time of application submission. The following materials must be submitted through your online application, mail, email ( or fax (202.318.0441):

  • A 250-word statement explaining your need for a scholarship. (Must be uploaded into your online application through the Apply Yourself system)
  • Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) or Tax Return
  • Financial Aid Award Summary & Grant/Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)

For a detailed explanation of these required personal financial materials click here.