2016 James Kent Summer Academy

2016 Faculty Division Summer Conference for Students Interested in Academia
Start : Wednesday, August 03, 2016 06:00 PM
End : Saturday, August 06, 2016 03:00 PM

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Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Featured Speakers:
Randy E. Barnett
Daniel B. Kelly
Orin S. Kerr
James Y. Stern
Robin Fretwell Wilson


The Federalist Society’s James Kent Summer Academy is a new program for students and recent graduates who demonstrate strong potential for being leaders among a future generation of legal scholars. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in academic discourse, to learn about an academic career track, to deepen their understanding of key ideas about the law, the founding period, originalism, religious liberty, and markets and the law, and to receive some personalized career planning and publishing guidance. Confirmed faculty include Randy Barnett (Georgetown), Daniel Kelly (Notre Dame), Orin Kerr (George Washington), James Stern (William & Mary), and Robin Fretwell Wilson (Illinois).

The Academy will take place in early August in Annapolis, MD. This all-expenses-paid conference will include seminar-style sessions guided by a group of leading faculty, informational sessions and workshops for professional development, and the opportunity to connect to a community of talented students and scholars. Participants will also receive invitations to ongoing events and academic and professional development resources throughout the year. 

The program is intended for students and recent graduates (three years or less out of law school), including prospective or current clerks, with a serious interest in an academic career, who would contribute to the intellectual diversity of the legal academy, and who are beginning to develop their legal scholarship. Applicants should possess strong academic qualifications.

NOTE: the application deadline has been EXTENDED through APRIL 8, 2016.

This project is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Opinions expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Applications should be submitted online here.  If you have any questions about this event, please email