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Application Instructions & Deadlines


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Application Deadlines

Because applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Those who apply early will receive first consideration for both admission and scholarship decisions as well as internship placement. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.

February 7, 2018: Early Application Deadline (Apply by this date to receive a 5% discount on your tuition balance)

March 13, 2018: Final Application Deadline

April 4, 2018: Special Extended Deadline

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. LSI applicants must submit an official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. 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 the link below for a pdf version of the Legal Studies Institute application material checklist:

Legal Studies Institute


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.

Legal Studies Institute Policies

Costs & Scholarships


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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 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.

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 on 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.