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:

Strong academic

Leadership skills, both exhibited and potential

Maturity of faith
and character

Commitment to legal and cultural engagement

What Happens at
Blackstone Legal Fellowship

Phase I

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.

Phase II

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.

Phase III

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.


Begin your application for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship.

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

Advisory Board
Dr. J. Budziszewksi
University of Texas, Austin

Professor Richard Duncan
University of Nebraska College of Law

Dr. Robert George
Princeton University

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

Professor Amy Coney Barrett, University of Notre Dame Law School

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

Professor Kyle Duncan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University

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

Sherif Girgis, Rhodes Scholar, and graduate student at Yale Law School and Princeton University

Timothy S. Goeglein, Focus on the Family

Stephanie Gray, Love Unleashes Life

David G. Hagopian, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Professor Joshua D. Hawley, University of Missouri School of Law

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.

Universidad Austral, Argentina | Blackstone Fellow 2015