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Summer Law Fellowship


Academics

The Fellowship’s academic goal is to foster a new generation of attorneys that are well versed in the principles of originalism, limited government and free enterprise in order that you might be better equipped to defend the values and ideals of a free society.

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TFAS Summer Law Fellows will take a 2 credit hour course at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. The course is taught by one of GMU’s leading legal scholars and explores the theory and practice of originalism as a method of constitutional interpretation. The course is supplemented by seminar-style sessions on free-market economics so that students will develop a deeper appreciation for the economic and constitutional concepts that underpin a system of limited government and free enterprise.

Class sessions are held at the Scalia Law facilities conveniently located just across the Potomac River in Arlington, VA and easily accessible on the Orange Line Metro train. Founded in 1972 as the International School of Law in Washington, DC, it merged with GMU in 1979 to become George Mason University School of Law.  In 2016, it was renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School in memory of the late Supreme Court Justice. Scalia Law is home to an exceptional market-oriented faculty, placing them at the center of foundational debates on liberty, private property rights, constitutionally limited government, and the economic analysis of law. Scalia Law also hosts research projects and programs through the Law and Economics Center and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Students will earn two credit hours awarded through Scalia Law upon successful completion of the coursework.

I was given the chance to expand my knowledge of the Constitution and the important issues grounded in its interpretation. I would like my career to center around constitutional law, and I know my experiences as part of LSI have helped me prepare for that future.”

Cole Milliard, Catholic University
Intern, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines, LLP

Course Description

Constitutional Interpretation: The Debate over Originalism (2 Credits)

The course will explore the concepts of original meaning theory as a method of constitutional interpretation. Students will be exposed to the history of orginalism and its practical application in landmark cases before the Supreme Court. Click here for last summer's syllabus.

“The TFAS law program was a truly rewarding experience. In the classroom, I gained a new perspective that enriched my view of Constitutional interpretation, particularly from an originalist standpoint. I met constitutional scholars and legal practitioners during the many program events that shared valuable insight on current constitutional issues before the Supreme Court. This program allowed me to improve myself both personally and professionally. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to grow as a law student and explore the greater Washington D.C. area!”

Wesley Davis, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Internship: Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School 

Faculty

Jeremy N. Rabkin
Professor of Law

Jeremy A. Rabkin is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School. Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (originally appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007, then appointed for a second term by President Barack Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate in 2011). He also serves on the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C.

Professor Rabkin’s books include Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005). He authored “If You Need a Friend, Don’t Call a Cosmopolitan,” a chapter in Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship (Sigal R. Ben-Porath & Rogers M. Smith eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). His articles have appeared in major law reviews and political science journals and his journalistic contributions in a range of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Lecture Series

TFAS Summer Law Fellows will participate in a weekly lecture series with leading scholars, judges, and attorneys on salient issues in law & policy, and the principles of limited government and free enterprise. The lectures are designed to complement the coursework on originalism and provide an opportunity to network with some of the best public policy experts and legal minds in the law & liberty movement.

Recent guest lecturers have included:

  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Former Attorneys General Edwin Meese and Michael Mukasey
  • Judge Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Judge Loren Smith, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Shannon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • Steven Bradbury, Former Head of Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice
  • Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
  • Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Russell C. Deyo, Former Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News
  • Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent, The New York Times
  • David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent, Los Angeles Times
  • Todd Gaziano, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Judicial Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Former ACLU President, Nadine Strossen
  • Stephen Vladeck, Lawfare founding member and Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law
  • Ilya Somin, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

"The Guest Lecture Series was an exciting component of the program. Each speaker had his or her own perspective and area of expertise, and each presentation was incredibly articulate, engaging, and informative.”

Jim Buechele, University of Texas
Intern, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP