Apply for the 9th Annual James Wilson Fellowship

It is a pleasure to transmit this information from James Wilson Institute friends:

James Wilson Fellowship, 9th Annual

Washington, D.C. Area, August 31-August 5, 2022

In-person seminars will be offered by Professor Hadley Arkes and other prominent scholars over six days in Historic Old Town Alexandria (VA) on Natural Law, its impact on our jurisprudence, and more. We will be discussing some of the most important points in a Natural Law Jurisprudence. These include the traditional connection between the “logic, of morals”, and the “logic, of law.” The principles and properties of the moral truths, along with how they would affect our view of landmark cases if we viewed them through Natural Law. The main goal of the course is to bring back a sense of moral coherence in our jurisprudence.

The topics discussed at past seminars included “The Natural Law. The Positive Law. and the American Regime.”; “The Natural Law. Ordinary Language. Recovering Philosophic Ground. For the Restriction. Assaulting Speech Acts.”; and “Abortion. Privacy. and the Law. Who is the bearer of Natural Rights?””Religion & the Law” To read the biographies of our 2021 faculty, please visit here.

About 15 Fellows will be accepted by the Institute. They must have been law clerks or lawyers, as well as legal academics for less than eight years. Fellows will be awarded a 500 stipend, and travel funds to partially cover expenses. You will receive accommodation, all meals, entertainment, and other services.


For consideration for the James Wilson Fellowship please send the following packet of materials. Although preferred, an electronic package of materials is not necessary.

  1. Your Personal Information Full name, DOB (date of birth), mailing address, preferred number and email.
  2. Resume/CV: Graduate and undergraduate education, expected professional experience, fellowships and internships. Awards and publications.
  3. Personal Statement Please describe in 500 words or less why you are interested in the Fellowship for James Wilson Institute’s project on Natural Law recovery: Why would you want to spend a week learning with fellow peers about Natural Law and the connection it has to our jurisprudence. Do you have any knowledge on this subject? Perhaps you have read some of Professor Arkes’s writings on Natural Law.
  4. Law Writing Journal article, legal brief, paper or any other piece of relevance up to fifteen pages.
  5. Contact information: 2 References academic or professional
  6. Official Academic Transcripts: All graduate and undergraduate work may be included in the application package.

All electronic application materials may be emailed to: Fellowships at

You can send all physical applications materials to:

James Wilson Fellowship

Attn: Garrett Snedeker

S West St. Suite 200

Alexandria, VA 22314

Complete application packages must be submitted by 11.59pm onwards April 20. Notifications to candidates will not be sent later than April 29.

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