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Summer Institute

During this week-long program, sessions will be a mixture of lectures, site-visits, discussions and pedagogy training. This program has a pre-requisite.


BRI’s Summer 2020 Programming is currently scheduled without change, but we are closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus/Covid-19 recommendations from the CDC and local jurisdictions. The application will remain open until the programs are full. If accepted, we will be in close communication with participants regarding the final status of programming.

Program Abstract: Firmly rooted in Article III of the Constitution, the 2020 Summer Institute will explore the historical journey, philosophical underpinnings, and societal impacts of the Judicial Branch and justice system of the United States from the Founding Era to today. The five day program will draw from the Bill of Rights Institute’s wide array of curricular offerings, Document Based Questions, Homework Help series, and primary source activities from two decades’ worth of materials.  Participants will explore the American court system, attend site visits at key locations in and around the Washington DC metro area, and have meaningful interactions with scholars and experts in the fields related to the theme of Truth, Justice, and Judicial Powers. 

Sessions will be a mixture of lectures, site-visits, discussions and pedagogy training. The Institute will cover the cost of lodging, transportation and meals during the program.

 The program cost is $500 but geographic-specific scholarships are available. 


Applicants must have attended a one-day or multi-day professional development program with the Institute in the last three years to be considered for admission. 

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