Originalism Summer Seminar

This May, the Georgetown Center for the Constitution will offer a week-long “Boot Camp” on originalism in theory and practice, open to students and recent graduates (within 5 years) from all law schools. The 2023 Seminar will run from Sunday, May 21 to Friday, May 26, 2023. 

The opening reception is Sunday, May 21. Morning sessions start at 9:00 a.m., followed by a daily luncheon and afternoon meetings. The seminar concludes with a farewell reception on Friday, May 26. Students who successfully complete the Originalism Summer Seminar will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Applications for the 2023 Summer Seminar are Closed.

Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Originalism Summer Seminar. Acceptances will be released before April 1, 2023.


  • Current law students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of the program or recent graduates (within 5 years); PhD candidates are also eligible
  • Interest in a judicial clerkship is not required, but is preferred


Up to forty accepted applicants will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their participation in the Summer Seminar. Participants must attend all sessions to receive the honorarium.

Learn About the Seminar

2023 Summer Seminar Highlights

  • Meeting with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch
  • Meeting with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas
  • Originalism Summer Seminar Alumni Clerk Panel
  • Originalism Applied: Research Project  with Professor Mark Moller
  • Lecture on Corpus Linguistics with former Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee
  • Debate on the Original Meaning of the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the 14th Amendment with Professor Ilan Wurman and Professor Evan Bernick

Summer Seminar Lecture Topics

  • Overview of Originalism (Professor Lawrence Solum)
  • Normative Rationales For Originalism (Professor Randy Barnett)
  • Progressive Criticisms of Originalism (Professor Tom Colby)
  • Responses to Progressive Criticisms of Originalism (Solum and Barnett)
  • The Natural Law Case for Originalism (Professor Joel Alicea)
  • The Positivist Case for Originalism (Professor Steve Sachs)
  • Public Meaning Originalism (Solum)
  • Original Methods Originalism (Professor Mike Rappaport)
  • Living Originalism (Professor Jack Balkin)
  • Diverse Originalism (Professor Christina Mulligan)
  • Natural Rights and the Original Meaning of the Ninth Amendment (Professor Randy Barnett)
  • Stare Decisis (Solum and Barnett)
  • Originalism and Stare Decisis in the Lower Courts (Professor Josh Blackman)
  • How to do Originalist Research (Professor Jud Campbell)
  • Original Meaning and the Establishment Clause: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis (Professor Stephanie Barclay)
  • Original Meaning of “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” (Professor John Stinneford)
  • Original Meaning of ‘Officers of the United States’ (Professor Jen Mascott)
  • The Necessary & Proper Clause, the Preamble and Enumerationism (Professor John Mikhail)