Have you considered practicing law in Washington, D.C. – the most diverse legal market in the country? Do you want to get a leg up on your peers, acquire must-have practical experience, and graduate from law school practice-ready? Are you interested in issues of constitutional interpretation and law and policy debates?

If so, you are invited to apply to the Summer 2018 Legal Studies Institute (LSI).  Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, LSI is an intensive 8-week academic intern program that exposes law students to the American legal system and issues of constitutional interpretation, limited government and free enterprise through legal internships, academic coursework, networking and career development sessions, and a law and policy lecture series with leading constitutional scholars, judges, and practicing attorneys. 

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May 24 – July 20, 2018 Washington, D.C. Priority Deadline
February 7, 2018
(5% tuition discount)
P.A.D. Members Receive a $1,000 scholarship (minimum) when meeting basic application requirements 

Participants will be placed in an 8-week summer legal internship or clerkship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Placement sites include private and public interest law firms, D.C. Courts, various nonprofit organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies. Examples of past internship sites include:

American Bar Association

BakerHostetler LLP

C. Superior Court

Federal Trade Commission

Justice at Stake

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

Small Business Investor Alliance


Telecommunications Industry Association

Quarles & Brady LLP

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP

Click here for examples of additional opportunities

  • Economics and Constitutional Law Course at Antonin Scalia Law School: Students will take a course on the economic foundations of legal studies as well as a complimentary component on constitutional originalism that will give students a unique perspective on the importance of limited government and free enterprise in shaping today’s law and policy. Students who successfully complete the course will receive three academic credits through Scalia Law. Click here to view course descriptions and syllabi.

  • Law & Policy Briefings: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Previous guest speakers have included: the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Former Attorneys General Michael Mukasey and Edwin Meese, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Judge Dianne Sykes, D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg, and constitutional scholars Randy Barnett and Ilya Shapiro.

  • Professional Development Activities: Students will have the opportunity to hear from recruiters and practitioners within various practice areas including private firms, contract and election law, international law, the Department of Justice, commercial litigation, public interest law and the Army JAG Corps, among others.

  • Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor throughout the summer and beyond.

  • Housing: Students are encouraged to find their own housing accommodations that meet their personal preferences for the summer, but the Institute also provides a limited number of fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC. Slots are filled on a first-come first-served basis and students will be matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system and other convenient amenities. Click here for more details.

  • Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Special consideration is given to P.A.D. members.

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until March 13, 2018. Many internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Apply by February 7, 2018 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration plus an additional 5% tuition discount.

Application requirements include a legal writing sample, statement of purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. Students wishing to receive scholarship consideration must also submit a scholarship statement and select financial materials. An application checklist is available here:



Visit for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Director, at or (202) 986-0384.


“LSI provided me with greater career perspective, experience and networking opportunities than I could have had from any local internship or class work. In addition to the coursework and practical experience I gained, I was also able to live in DC, the mecca of the U.S. Legal/Political World, meet many other interns in various fields of practice, and attend events with judges, senators, former vice-presidential candidates, heads of think tank organizations, supreme court litigators, and even a Supreme Court Justice. I gained more than I could have ever anticipated.”

James Gibson (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) Intern, Law Offices of Scott Bloch 


“LSI exposed me to professional opportunities I never would have had otherwise. Their professional contacts are seemingly unlimited and their enthusiasm for the city is apparent.”- Nichole Woodburn (Thomas Goode Jones School of LawIntern, Marzulla Law


“LSI provided a pathway for me to establish a career in DC. I was able to improve my legal research and writing skills, while developing a professional life in the DC area.” - Deborah Davis-Brutchen (University of Dayton School of Law) Intern, Office of Senator Joe Donnelly