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Summer Law Fellowship


The TFAS Summer Law Fellowship in Washington, D.C., is an intensive nine-week program that aims to prepare law students to defend the values and ideals of a free society rooted in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional originalism.

Through this immersive academic and professional experience, participants will engage in legal internships, academic coursework, networking events and career development sessions, as well as a law and public policy lecture series with leading constitutional scholars, judges and practicing attorneys.

Those selected to participate in the Fellowship program will receive a full scholarship covering tuition, housing and program fees. Awards are highly selective – only 25 students will be selected to participate each year.

Program Format

Judge Douglas Ginsburg U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, courtroom with summer law fellowship
Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, speaks to Law Fellows in the courtroom.

The Fellowship consists of the following major components:

  • Two-credit hour course on Constitutional Originalism through the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions on salient issues in law and policy
  • Site briefings at key legal institutions and courts
  • Professional development seminars and networking events to enhance your career prospects and help you graduate practice-ready
  • Attorney Mentor Program designed to help students navigate the Washington legal community during and after the program
  • Legal internships with private law firms, lobbying firms, public interest legal organizations and legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies throughout the Washington, D.C., area. (Fellows are encouraged to find their own legal internship, but TFAS staff is available to assist those not able to secure a position on their own)

2021 Program Important Dates

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Decision Deadline: March 9, 2021

Program Dates: May 27 – July 30, 2021


TFAS Summer Law Fellowship Capitol Tour
Law Fellows enjoy a tour of the U.S. Capitol building.

Application and Admissions

Applications are currently closed for the 2021 TFAS Summer Law Fellowship.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Selected fellows will be notified via email on March 9, 2021.
2020 TFAS Summer Law Fellowship are now open. For admissions information and application instructions, please visit our Summer Law Fellowship admissions page.


Questions about the Summer Law Fellowship may be directed to TFAS staff at

The TFAS law program was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to experience the exciting and high-stakes world of Washington, D.C., while also studying core issues of constitutional interpretation and the intersection between law and economics. The classroom experience is top-notch and allowed me to explore subjects that are not taught at my law school.” – Andrew Watkins
University of Kentucky College of Law
Intern, Office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell