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Home » Programs » Summer Law Fellowship » Admissions



Below is an overview of TFAS Summer Law Fellowship admissions deadlines, instructions and policies. Applications for the Summer 2021 Law Fellowship are closed.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2021: Application Deadline
March 9, 2021: Decisions Sent

March 16, 2021: Enrollment Deadline Applications and all supporting materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 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 checklist 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 over the age of 18 in good standing from an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to apply to the Summer Law 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.

Summer Law Fellows with Judge Scalia
Justice Scalia often met with TFAS students for lively discussions on ‘originalism.’ Here the justice is pictured signing a student’s book following a lecture at the Supreme Court in 2014.

Overview of Fellowship Benefits

Students selected to participate in the TFAS Summer Law 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 furnished housing is provided in historic residential apartment buildings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for the duration of the nine-week program. Click here for more details on housing.

Fellows who wish to opt-out of TFAS-provided housing must notify TFAS staff by April 1.

The TFAS Summer Law 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 Law Fellowship Estimate 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


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 Summer Law Fellowship.

Summer Law Fellowship Policies