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Summer Law Fellowship

Application Instructions & Deadline


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Application Deadline

February 20, 2019: Application Deadline
March 7, 2019: Decisions Sent

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.

Application Instructions

All applicants are required to complete the online application available by clicking here. In addition to the online application, there are supplemental materials that must be sent via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Summer Law Fellowship applicants must submit an official transcript and letter of recommendation. Please view the application check list below for detailed instructions.

Please keep in mind that your application will not be passed on to the Admissions Committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.318.0441

Application Checklist

Please click here for a PDF version of the Law Fellowship application material checklist.


All law students in good standing from an ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply to the Summer Legal Fellowship.

Selection Criteria

Competitive candidates will have a strong academic record with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrated interest in the principles of originalism, limited government and free enterprise, and commitment to honorable leadership and the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.


All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. This includes the Attendance Agreement that is included in the online enrollment form as well as a code of conduct agreement upon their arrival. Please click on the link below to view the policies for the Legal Studies Institute, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals and student participation.

Summer Law Fellowship Policies

Program Benefits


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Students selected to participate in the TFAS Summer Legal Fellowship are required to take the Constitutional Interpretation: The Debate Over Originalism course. They will earn  2 credits from George Mason University Antonin 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. For duration of 9-week program. Click here for more details on housing.

Fellows who wish to opt-out of TFAS-provided housing may be eligible to receive a $1,500 housing stipend. Fellows must notify TFAS staff by April 1 to be eligible. Stipends will be dispersed in the form of a check upon the student’s arrival on the first day of the program.

The TFAS Summer Legal Fellowship covers tuition for the coursework and housing for the duration of the program. It does not include transportation or commuting costs, food, entertainment, or other personal expenses while in D.C. Below is an estimate of living costs that you will need to budget for separately if selected to participate in the program.

Summer Legal Fellowship Estimate of living costs (actual costs vary and are not covered by the Fellowship):
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