2015 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the program includes academic credit, a guaranteed legal internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, D.C.  

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admission consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. 

May 21 – August 1, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Early Deadline: February 10, 2015               

·         Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, public interest and nonprofit organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.  Examples of past internship sites are: 
o    Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
o    Quarles & Brady LLP
o    U.S. Army JAG Corps
o    Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
o    Healthcare Leadership Council
o    Telecommunications Industry Association
o    Cause of Action
o    Bloomberg BNA

·         Constitutional Law Course at Georgetown Law Center:  Students will be enrolled in a constitutional law course titled “Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism in Theory and Practice.”  In partnership with the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, classes will be held at Georgetown University Law Center and taught by Georgetown Law Professors Randy Barnett, Larry Solum and John Baker. Students will receive credit from Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law or from Georgetown University Law Center for an additional fee.

·         Law & Policy Briefings: Participants will attend exclusive lectures on salient issues in law and policy by prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Previous guest speakers have included:

o    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
o    D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg
o    Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ, Steven Bradbury
o    Institute of Justice Senior Fellow Clark Neily
o    Cato Senior Fellow Ilya Shapiro

·         Professional Development Seminars: Students will have the opportunity to explore the various practices of law through a series of small group sessions with practicing attorneys representing a diverse array of legal career paths.  Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction. 

·         Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. 

·         Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments are located in the heart of Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

·         Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. 

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/LSI for more details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Director, atLEGAL@tfas.org or 202.986.0384

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