The Supreme Court unites us. That was the point. In a nation governed by the rule of law under a federal constitution, judicial administration of that constitution could not be left scattershot to 13 state supreme courts, let alone 50. So we established one court, supreme to all the others, singularly capable of unifying our rule of law.

And the Supreme Court divides us. That is unavoidable. A case involves two sides—one wins, one loses. And precisely because the Court was made to decide cases of national consequence, its decisions stir outrage, and have from the start.

This program examines American constitutional law and the controversies it has occasioned in light of America’s constitutional history, institutions, principles, and statesmanship. Led by legal expert Adam J. White, the program will also feature guest lectures from Supreme Court advocates, leading legal scholars, and judges who will bring their practical experience to bear on key constitutional questions.

Learn more about the Constitutional Studies Program.

Summer 2024 Courses | Applications Now Open

The Supreme Court & Precedent

Consider landmark decisions that could be overturned & their implications for American politics.

Past Courses

The Words That Made Us

Revisit key constitutional questions through the lens of history and law.

The Supreme Court & American Politics

Explore how the new conservative supermajority will change the Court.

The Constitution, The Courts, and Conservatism

Explore the debates within conservative legal thought on the courts and the Constitution.

The Supreme Court’s 2017-18 Term

Study two landmark cases from a momentous Supreme Court term.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Study five landmark Supreme Court cases with a view to exploring how politics and law interact.

Deadlines & Eligibility

Who Should Apply? Advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, law students, and young professionals are all eligible to apply. Fellows may apply for, and participate in, multiple seminars.

Dates & Times: Seminars meet in-person over Summer 2024. See the individual course pages for full details.

Commitment: Seminars meet for morning seminars, with afternoon guest speakers and some evening activities. Fellows are expected to attend all sessions and activities.

Housing, Stipend, & Course Materials: Residential hotel accommodations will be provided, as will all course materials. Fellows will receive a stipend contingent upon full participation in the course.

Deadline: The early application deadline is Monday, January 15, 2024. The final application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2024.

Early Decision candidates will receive priority consideration. Those who apply Early Decision are expected to participate in the fellowship if admitted and to withdraw applications from other opportunities that would pose a conflict. If not admitted in the Early Decision round, applicants may defer to Final Decision to be reviewed again.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1. A CV OR RÉSUMÉ

  2. PERSONAL STATEMENT

    Describe, in 1,000 words, or less the political questions you find most interesting, your future ambitions, and how these relate to your preferred program(s).

  3. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT

    Unofficial; required only for currently enrolled students & recent graduates.

  4. ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL WRITING SAMPLE

    12 pages maximum; double-spaced. Please send academic writing that best showcases your ability to invent and sustain a persuasive argument, no matter the subject-matter.

  5. RECOMMENDATION LETTER & REFERENCE

    Provide the name and contact information of a professor, mentor, or supervisor. (Letter not required for nominated applicants.)

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