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 to constitutional interpretation.
Instructions to Apply to the 2020 Boot Camp
In the summer 2020, the Center will offer a week-long “boot camp” on originalism in theory and practice, open to students from all law schools. The 2020 Summer Seminar will run from May 18-22. Students admitted into the Originalism Summer Seminar will receive a $2,000 award. The five-day course runs from Sunday evening, May 17 to Friday evening, May 22, 2020. 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 Wednesday May 20 and the week concludes with a farewell reception on Friday May 22. The application season is open until February 7, 2020.
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 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The application must be submitted as a single PDF to Fran Djoukeng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 award for their participation in the Summer Seminar. To receive the award, 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)
• Alumni Dinner Keynote by D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Gregory Katsas (Wed)
• Meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Thurs)
• Lecture by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee (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)
• Implementing the Second Amendment (Sykes)
• Originalist Methodology (Solum)
• Originalism & the Philosophy of Language (Soames)
• Corpus Linguistics (Lee)
• Constitutional Construction (Bernick)
• Originalist Sources (Campbell)
• Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Stinneford)