Legal Studies Institute -- Jump Start Your Legal Career in Washington, D.C.

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies. I am writing to ask that you share the announcement below with first and second year law students as well as the leadership of your student organizations to distribute to their members.


The Legal Studies Institute (LSI) provides the opportunity for law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, a constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, and professional development activities.


In today’s increasingly competitive legal job market, future employers require substantive professional experience.  LSI places students in engaging legal internships that allow them to further develop their professional skills and gain a competitive edge in the legal job market.  Move forward with confidence in your career by adding depth and experience to your resume.  LSI staff work closely with students to ensure that internship placement fits both their career interests and goals.


Top 5 Reasons to Intern with LSI this Summer:
(1) Gain real world legal experience to jump-start your legal career

(2) Practice your legal research and writing skills

(3) Explore areas of law that you may one day want to practice

(4) Develop professional relationships with contacts in the legal field

(5) Earn academic credit from Georgetown University Law Center or Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law



For priority scholarship consideration and a 5% tuition discount, we encourage students to apply by February 6, 2014.  The final deadline is March 18, 2014.


Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.


Best regards,


Colin Parks
Program Manager, Legal Studies Institute




May 22 – August 1, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Early Deadline: February 6, 2014     




·         Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week summer legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest organizations and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.  Past internship sites have included:


o    The Roosevelt Group

o    Hannon Law Group

o    Washington Legal Foundation

o    National Immigration Law Center

o    D.C. Administrative Hearings

o    D.C. Attorney General


·         Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Previous guest speakers have included:


o    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

o    Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey

o    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski

o    D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg


·         Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction.


·         Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.


·         Constitutional Law Course at Georgetown Law: You will be enrolled in a constitutional law course titled “Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism in Theory and Practice.” Classes will be held at Georgetown University Law Center and taught by Georgetown Law faculty. Students will receive credit from Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law or from Georgetown University Law Center for an additional fee.


·         Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.


·         Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.




“LSI was the most remarkable experience for which I could have asked. I met wonderful people, was placed in an intellectually stimulating internship, and was offered many professional opportunities. If I could, I would participate again in a heartbeat.”

Michelle Anderson, Louisiana State University Law Center

Legal Intern, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings


“I was able to draft legal memoranda, respond to discovery requests, attend pre-trial settlement conferences, and even be on-site for my first civil trial while interning in D.C.  My law firm experience helped assure me that when asked to complete a task for a trial, I will be ready to perform quickly and effectively.  I am now confident that I can get a job in any law firm in any state that I choose to practice.”

Blake Edwards, University of Kentucky

Legal Intern, Bregman Berbert Schwartz & Gilday




Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 6, 2014 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance.


Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Please visit for more details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Program Manager, at or 202.986.0384