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 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.

New Zoom Option

To allow more participants in the Originalism Summer Seminar, the Center will offer a special 25-student Zoom section led by Professor Evan Bernick. All students in the Zoom section who attend all class sessions by video will receive the same honorarium of $2000 as those who participate in person. In your application, please specify if you prefer to participate in person or by Zoom.

Summer Seminar Highlights

  • Opening Reception (Sun)
  • Meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Neil Gorsuch (Mon)
  • Meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Clarence Thomas (Mon)
  • Luncheon Talk with Dean Bill Treanor (Wed)
  • Seminar Alumni Clerk Panel (Thurs)
  • Luncheon Lecture by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee (Thurs)
  • Alumni Dinner and Reception at the National Archives (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