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Washington, D.C., Summer Program

Washington, D.C., Summer Program

Below are the details from last year's program. Details for enrollment in the 2014 program will be posted by the beginning of September. In the meantime, please contact Professor Dakota Rudesill or Professor Chris Walker if you have any questions.

Enrollment in the 2013 Program

The program has worked best in past years for students who put their own effort into the job search, in conjunction with the outreach efforts of Professor Peter Swire. In many years, the program has filled on the first day of enrollment. This year, the initial sign-up period is the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27. On that morning, interested students should bring their package of materials in person to Malako Hampton in Drinko 215 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. Students who bring a completed package (including deposit) during that time will be put in the "first round" pool for the program.

If the program does not fill in the first round, then all first-round students will be in the program. Registration will then remain open until the program is full. If more students submit a packet that morning than there are spaces, there will be a lottery for students who have properly completed their packets. The lottery also will create a waiting list.

This enrollment system is based on the idea that students who really want to participate will be sure to bring their materials on time that day and enroll. If there is a particular reason you cannot submit materials that day in person, contact Swire in advance. Signing up for the program promptly makes the job search smoother you are able to meet with Swire before fall exams and apply for the positions that fit best.

What to Include in Your Enrollment Materials

For your enrollment materials, we ask you to provide information that will help in matching you with an externship. Please submit:

  1. A resume that includes your name, address, phone number (including cell number if you use it), and email address. A one-page resume is generally appropriate; please do not provide more than two pages. The resume should include any work or volunteer experience that you consider relevant to participating in the program.
  2. An essay of no more than 200 words. The essay should explain why you would like to participate in the program and how doing so will help you meet your educational goals. If you believe that you have experience relevant to participating in the program, you may wish to discuss that experience and how it will help you benefit from the program and contribute to it. This essay will help the program director match you with an externship so long as you submit a good-faith essay, it will not affect your placement in the lottery.
  3. Areas of interest and leads on externships. Are there certain federal agencies in which you would like to work? Or are there certain public interest groups, research groups, or other organizations in the Washington, D.C. area that you would prefer? Please try to list at least some of the externships that you would find interesting, to provide a starting place for working with you in placement. If there is any organization where you believe you have an especially good chance of getting an externship, you can indicate that here. To get ideas of areas of interest, you might wish to look at the list of where Ohio State students have had internships in past summers.
  4. In past summers the program has had both first- and second-year students. If you have already completed at least a year of law school, please provide a current transcript.
  5. One reference, with name, job title, and phone number.

To enroll, please bring to Cathy Thompson in Drinko 215 a printed set of materials with your deposit check for $300, made out to the Moritz College of Law. This will count as your formal enrollment. Please also send the materials via email to Professor Swire at peter@peterswire.net or swire.1@osu.edu, so that he can have electronic access to your materials.

If there is a lottery for first-round students, and you do not get a place, then the deposit will be returned to you.

Tuition and Living Expenses

The tuition for the summer program is based on the five units of law school credit that you will receive. In 2013, the base tuition will be $7,694 for Ohio residents and $9,617 for nonresidents. This year, students also can apply for scholarship assistance, especially to substantially narrow the gap between the amount paid by in- and out-of-state students.

This fee covers the five credits of coursework, the time and effort of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in placing you with an externship, and a fee to pay for facilities in Washington, D.C. for classes.

Based on past experience, other living expenses for the two months of the program are estimated at: room and board, $3,700; transportation (including travel to Washington, D.C. from Columbus and metro/bus in D.C.) $1,000; other living expenses $725. Books for the courses are estimated at $150. (In considering these expenses, it may help to remember that you would be paying living expenses wherever you are for the summer.)

Is the program a good investment?

Each student will have to decide how to spend the first summer after law school. Some students come to the program in their second summer. Many students in the program have found it an excellent investment as part of their law school experience. Here are some things students have emphasized:

Quality of the internships. Students work in major federal agencies and nonprofit groups that are often national leaders in their fields. By working with leaders in their fields, Moritz students learn the state-of-the-art.

An insider’s understanding of Washington, D.C. Students get an insider's view of national government through the internship, the student seminar papers about different jobs, guest speakers, and Professor Peter Swire's experience in the White House under both Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Put yourself on the national stage. A summer working in Washington, D.C. underscores your seriousness about working and living in the region to public- and private-sector employers. More broadly, working in D.C. is a national legal experience that many future employers value.

Develop expertise in a field. Most internships are in a specific field, such as health care, high-tech, or international trade. Your internship thus provides a chance to become more knowledgeable in that field, and to signal that expertise to future employers.

A good investment as part of the Moritz experience. Some students had considered attending schools in the Washington, D.C., area that have tuition considerably higher than Ohio State. The summer program provides an opportunity to get a quality work, academic, and social experience in D.C., as part of the high-quality and more manageable cost of a Moritz education.

Does the program qualify for financial aid?

Yes. The Moritz Financial Aid Office will work with you on this.

How will participation in the Washington, D.C., program affect my Ohio residency?

Residency is handled the same for this program as for the Oxford Summer Program. Students count their time in an approved program of the Moritz College of Law as time for residency in the state of Ohio.