2020 Fellowship

7th Annual James Wilson Fellowship

Washington, D.C., August 2-August 7, 2020 

***Deadline for Applying Extended to April 22***

In partnership with First Liberty Institute, Professor Hadley Arkes, joined by friends, will offer a seminar over six days in Washington, DC, on Natural Law and its bearing on our current law. The course will focus on discussing the central points of a jurisprudence of Natural Law, such as the classic connection between the “logic of morals” and the “logic of law,” the properties of moral truths and the principles of judgment, and how we would see certain landmark cases differently if they were viewed through the lens of Natural Law. Our main objective is to restore a moral coherence to our jurisprudence. JWI is proud to be collaborating with First Liberty Institute for this program. First Liberty Institute offers an excellent description of some of what makes this Fellowship so unique. 

Past sessions topics have included, “The Natural Law, the Positive Law, and the American Regime”; “The Natural Law and Ordinary Language: Recovering the Philosophic ground for the Restriction of Assaulting Speech Acts”; “Abortion, Privacy, and the Law: Who is the Bearer of Natural Rights?’”; and “Religion and the Law.” To read the biographies of our past faculty, please visit here.

The Institute will make a place for up to 15 Fellows who are law students, clerks, or lawyers only a few years out of law school. Each Fellow will receive a $500 stipend and funds partially to defray travel expenses. Accommodations, most meals, and entertainment will be provided.

Please submit the following package of materials to be considered for the James Wilson Fellowship:

1. Personal Information (Full name, DOB, mailing address, preferred telephone number, and email)

2. Resume/CV (Please include: undergraduate and graduate education with degrees expected, professional experience, fellowships, internships, awards, and publications)

3. Personal Statement (In 500 words or less please explain what draws you to the Fellowship for the James Wilson Institute and this project on the recovery of Natural Law: why are you interested in spending a week with peers studying Natural Law and its connection to our jurisprudence? Have you done any reading on the subject, or are you interested in acquiring a firmer hold on it? Have you read any of Professor Arkes’s writings, with his own perspective on Natural Law?)

4. Legal Writing (a journal article, legal brief, course paper, or other relevant piece up to 15 pages)

5. Contact Information for Two References (Academic or Professional)

6. Academic Transcripts (all undergraduate and graduate work; may be submitted separately; official preferred, but unofficial will suffice considering disruptions to academic institutions due to COVID-19)



All electronic application materials should be emailed to: fellowships at jameswilsoninstitute.org

Materials may also be sent to the following physical address:

James Wilson Fellowship, Attn: Garrett Snedeker, 722 12th St. NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20005



A complete application package is due April 22. Candidates will be notified by April 30.