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 24-28 on Zoom. The five-day course begins Monday morning, May 24 and ends Friday evening, May 28. Morning sessions start at 8:00 a.m. followed by a daily luncheon and afternoon meetings. Virtual receptions will be held on Gather Town. Originalism Summer Seminar participants will receive a $2,000 honorarium. 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 honorarium for their participation in the Summer Seminar. To receive the honorarium, participants must attend all sessions for the entirety of the week.

Summer Seminar Highlights

  • Meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (Mon)
  • Luncheon Talk with Dean Bill Treanor (Wed)
  • Seminar Alumni Clerk Panel (Thurs)
  • Luncheon Lecture by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee (Thurs)

Summer Seminar Lecture Topics

  • Overview of Originalism (Solum)
  • Normative Rationales For Originalism (Barnett)
  • Criticisms of Originalism (Colby)
  • Responses to Common Criticisms of Originalism (Solum and Barnett)
  • Public Meaning Originalism (Solum)
  • Original Methods Originalism (Rappaport)
  • Framework Originalism (Balkin)
  • Original Law Originalism (Sachs)
  • Diverse Originalism (Mulligan)
  • Stare Decisis (Solum and Barnett)
  • Constitutional Construction (Bernick)
  • Originalist Methodology (Solum)
  • Originalism & the Philosophy of Language (Soames)
  • Corpus Linguistics (Lee)
  • Originalist Sources (Campbell)
  • Original Meaning of Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Stinneford)
  • Original Meaning of the Establishment Clause (Barclay)
  • Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment (Barnett and Bernick)
  • Original Meaning of ‘Officers of the United States’ (Mascott)
2021 OSS Brochure