Instructions to Apply to the 2021 Summer Seminar

In the summer 2021, the Center will offer a week-long “Boot Camp” on originalism in theory and practice, open to students from all law schools. The 2021 Summer Seminar will run from May 23-29. The five-day course begins Sunday evening, May 23 and ends Friday evening, May 29. Morning sessions start at 8:00 a.m. followed by a daily luncheon and afternoon meetings. A formal reception and dinner will be held on on Thursday May 27 and the week concludes with a farewell reception on Friday May 29. Students admitted into the Originalism Summer Seminar will receive a $2,000 award. The application season is open until February 7, 2021.

To apply, please submit the following documents in a single PDF titled [Last Name, First Name]:
1. Cover page (GPA, Law School, J.D. Graduation Year, Journal Affiliation)
2. Résumé
3. 500-750 word statement (see below)
4. Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (unofficial OR official)

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, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The application must be submitted as a single PDF to Elana Quint at 


  • 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 sessions for the entirety of the week.

Summer Seminar 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)

Summer Seminar 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)
  • Originalist Methodology (Solum)
  • Originalism & the Philosophy of Language (Soames)
  • Corpus Linguistics (Lee)
  • Constitutional Construction (Bernick)
  • Originalist Sources (Campbell)
  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Stinneford)