What Is Blackstone?
The Blackstone Legal Fellowship prepares Christian law students for careers marked by integrity, excellence, and leadership.
The Fellowship begins with a nine-week summer (June-August) leadership training program, which includes three weeks of seminars on topics including legal philosophy, constitutional law, history, and emerging cultural issues, as well as a six-week legal internship. During this time, participants are not only equipped with a foundation of knowledge that will serve them throughout their careers, they also develop a professional network and form enduring friendships.
For those chosen to become Fellows at the end of the summer, the nine-week program represents a beginning, not a culmination. Fellows receive ongoing training, resources, and support through an international community.
Is Blackstone Legal Fellowship for Me?
Blackstone Interns are selected through a competitive application process. While successful applicants come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have unique skills and interests, they share the following traits:
Leadership skills, both exhibited and potential
Maturity of faith
Commitment to legal and cultural engagement
What Happens at
Blackstone Legal Fellowship
Interns gather for two weeks of lectures and interactive discussions designed to confront conventional wisdom in legal education and present a principled, analytical framework for understanding legal philosophy, constitutional interpretation and jurisprudence, and the Western intellectual jurisprudential history. Faculty includes prominent constitutional scholars, historians, and thinkers in the area of philosophy, jurisprudence, political science, and social science. These leading minds engage in formal and informal discussion with Interns, exploring pressing cultural issues and challenging prevalent relativistic and positivist legal thinking, while promoting a robust view of universal moral truths. The curriculum also incorporates daily worship and a devotional series focusing on personal and ethical challenges related to the legal practice.
Interns complete a six-week legal internship to advance their career objectives. Upon selection to the Fellowship, the Blackstone staff works with each Intern to help identify and secure the most fitting internship for that Intern, taking into account the Intern's specific professional interests, aptitudes, geographical preferences, and academic performance. In past years, Interns have obtained internships at a wide variety of organizations, including governmental entities, boutique law firms, NGOs and nonprofits, among others.
At the end of the summer, Interns return for a final week of seminars and training focused on career development and cultural engagement. The curriculum includes practical career advice and enables Interns to develop a clearer vision of their professional calling. Faculty includes partners from prestigious law firms, high-ranking public officials, academics, and former judicial law clerks. Interns return to law school equipped with deeper knowledge, stronger convictions, and access to a vast professional network that will continue to grow throughout their careers.
What Happens After Blackstone Legal Fellowship?
The Blackstone Legal Fellowship is indeed a Fellowship. It is purposefully designed to mark the beginning of a lifelong professional relationship that equips Fellows to effectively engage the legal culture and accelerate their careers. Blackstone has a dedicated Professional Development and Alumni team to specifically serve these purposes. Accordingly, the end of Phase III is not a culmination, it's a beginning. This is one of the unique aspects of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. Interns who successfully complete the summer program are invited to apply to be commissioned as Blackstone Fellows. Those selected will carry this professional distinction—and the professional network that accompanies it—throughout their careers.
Blackstone Fellows in the Practice of Law
Leadership and Advisory Board
Dr. Jeffery J. Ventrella
Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President of Student Training and Development, Alliance Defending Freedom
Dr. J. Budziszewksi
University of Texas, Austin
Professor Richard Duncan
University of Nebraska College of Law
Dr. Robert George
Professor Mary Ann Glendon
Harvard Law School
Edwin Meese, III
75th Attorney General of the United States
Professor Michael Paulsen
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Rev. Dr. Alfred Poirier
Rocky Mountain Community Church
Professor Charles Rice (1931–2015)
University of Notre Dame College of Law
Dr. Del Tackett
The Truth Project
Past faculty of Blackstone Legal Fellowship includes:
Professor Helen M. Alvaré, George Mason University School of Law
Professor Hadley Arkes, Amherst College
Dr. John S. Baker, Jr., Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Donald E. Cardon, Cardon Development Group & Cardon Global
Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, Baylor University
Dr. Anthony B. Bradley, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Dr. J. Budziszewski, University of Texas at Austin
Paige Cunningham, The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
Dr. John C. Eastman, Chapman University School of Law - The Claremont Institute
David French, staff writer at National Review
Professor Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame Law School
Timothy S. Goeglein, Focus on the Family
Stephanie Gray, Love Unleashes Life
David G. Hagopian, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Hugh Hewitt, The Hugh Hewitt Show
Dr. Peter Jones, truthXchange
Laura J. Lederer, Global Centurion Foundation
Jennifer A. Marshall, The Heritage Foundation
Professor John C. Nagle, University of Notre Dame Law School
Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Rev. Joel Pelsue, Arts & Entertainment Ministries
Rev. Dr. Alfred J. Poirier, Rocky Mountain Community Church
Professor Charles Rice, University of Notre Dame Law School
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, The Ruth Institute
Austin Ruse, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute - Culture of Life Foundation
Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council
Rev. Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, Center for Cultural Leadership
Wesley J. Smith, The Discovery Institute
Professor O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame Law School
Dr. Del Tackett, The Truth Project
What Our Interns Say
Testimonials from Blackstone Interns
Unlike any other experience, Blackstone has envisioned and equipped me to pursue my career with purpose.
Harvard Law School | Blackstone Fellow 2015
Blackstone greatly exceeded my expectations. It has been a life changing experience and the preparation and education that I have received here will forever be a part of my personal and professional life.
University of Virginia School of Law | Blackstone Fellow 2015
Blackstone was a life-changing event. The opportunity to learn from such brilliant and passionate people while surrounded by a group of law students firmly committed to their faith and their values gave me an incredible sense of optimism and courage.
The Notre Dame Law School | Blackstone Fellow 2015
Blackstone has been one of the most formative, encouraging, equipping experiences of my life.
Blackstone Fellow 2015 | Pepperdine University School of Law
Blackstone is an amazing journey and a life-changing experience. I left filled with hope and inspired to fulfill my calling in Argentina.