2021 Fellowship

8th Annual James Wilson Fellowship

Washington, D.C. Area, August 1-6, 2021

Deadline to Apply: April 25, 2021

Professor Hadley Arkes, joined by other distinguished scholars, will offer an in-person seminar over six days in the Washington, D.C. area, on Natural Law and its bearing on our jurisprudence. 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.

Topics discussed in past seminars 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 2020 faculty, please visit here.

The Institute will make a place for up to 15 Fellows who are law students, clerks, or lawyers and legal academics 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. An electronic package of materials in a single PDF file is preferred, though not required:

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

2. Resume/CV 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 Two References Academic or Professional.

6. Official Academic Transcripts All undergraduate and graduate work; may be submitted separately from the application package.

All electronic application materials may be emailed to: Fellowships at JamesWilsonInstitute.org

All physical application materials may be sent to:

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


A complete application package is due no later than 11:59 pm on April 25. Candidates will be notified no later than April 30.

Please email any questions to staff at jwinst.org