Originalism Summer Seminar
Through lectures by the nation’s preeminent originalist scholars and litigators, luncheon discussions, and visits to the United States Supreme Court, the Originalism Summer Seminar: A “Boot Camp” on the Theory and Practice of Originalism exposes elite law students and recent graduates to state-of-the-art originalism and alternative approaches.
In the summer 2019, the Center will offer a week-long “boot camp” on originalism in theory and practice, open to students from all law schools. The 2019 Summer Seminar will run from May 20-24. Students admitted into the Originalism Summer Seminar will receive a $2,000 award. The five-day course runs from Sunday evening, May 19 to Friday evening, May 24, 2019. Morning sessions beginning at 8:00 a.m. followed with a daily luncheon and afternoon meetings each day. A reception and dinner will be held on on May 22 and the week concludes with a farewell reception on May 24. The application season opens January 7, 2019 and closes February 15, 2019.
Instructions to Apply to the 2019 Boot Camp
Please submit the following documents in a single PDF:
1. Cover page (GPA, Law School, J.D. Graduation Year, Journal
3. 500-750 word statement (see below)
4. Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (unofficial OR
The statement should explain your career plans and answer the following questions: What constitutional law courses have you taken? What is your understanding of originalism? Why do you want to attend the boot camp? What role will originalism play in your career?
Applications are due by February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The application must be submitted as a single PDF to Fran Djoukeng at fnd3@law. georgetown.edu.
• Current law students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of the program or recent graduates less
than 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 $2,000 honorarium for their participation in the Summer Seminar.
To receive the honorarium, participants must attend all five days of the seminar.
Boot Camp Highlights
• Meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court with
Justice Neil Gorsuch (Mon)
• Lecture by Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Sykes (Wed)
• Lecture by Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar (Wed)
• Alumni Dinner Keynote by Seventh Circuit Judge
Amy Barrett (Wed)
• Lecture by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee (Thurs)
• Panel discussion with top litigators (Fri)
• Concluding discussion with former Attorney General
Ed Meese (Fri)
Boot Camp Lecture Topics
• Overview of Originalism (Solum)
• Normative Rationales For Originalism (Barnett)
• Criticisms of Originalism (Colby)
• Public Meaning Originalism (Solum)
• Original Methods Originalism (Rappaport)
• Framework Originalism (Balkin)
• Original Law Originalism (Sachs)
• Diverse Originalism (Mulligan)
• History, Originalism, & Implementing the Second Amendment
(Malcolm, Gura, Sykes)
• Pragmatism vs Originalist (Thapar)
• Originalist Research Methods (Baude)
• Originalist Methodology (Solum)
• Originalism & the Philosophy of Language (Soames)
• Corpus Linguistics (Lee)
• Executive Power & Originalism (Prakash)