Legal Priorities Project is excited to announce our first Legal Priorities Summer Institute (LPSI) – an intensive, week-long program with the goal of introducing altruistically-minded law and policy students to projects, theories, and tools relevant to tackling critical issues affecting the long-term future

Applications are open until June 24. Learn more and apply here.

Who is this event for?

Applicants in the following categories are eligible to apply:

  1. Current law student: Enrolled in a legal degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level (such as a LLB, JD, LLM, PhD or equivalent program)
  2. Recent law graduate: Work in the legal profession (including clerkships, apprenticeships, post-doctoral programs, or other trainee positions) at the time of their application and have received a legal degree between May 2020 and June 2022
  3. Applicants from other degree programs, like MPPs (including recent graduates), will be considered where the applicant has demonstrated a particular knowledge of legal or policy paradigms related to the themes of the conference

This event is for people at all levels of familiarity with longtermism. Our goal is to provide a mix of programming ranging from introductory chats to in-depth analyses of law and policy questions at the cutting edge of our priority areas. If you think anyone in your networks (including those without previous involvement in EA or longtermism) would be a good fit, please pass our posting along.

People from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply. Our programming will have an international focus. (We hope to also organize US-focused programming in the future.)

When and where will LPSI take place?

The event will be held in Oxford, UK from September 3-8, 2022. 

Is the application process competitive?

We have space for up to 40 participants. That said, if you think you might be qualified, there’s a good chance you are. If you’re on the fence about applying, please do! We often find that people are poor judges of their own qualifications and many qualified people take themselves out of consideration by underestimating their fit. We anticipate accepting many people with limited prior experience but a high level of demonstrated interest and potential. 

To make things easier, we’ve designed our process to take as little time as possible. Don’t overthink the prompts, and share what honestly intrigues you about the program. 

Is there funding available?

Each summer fellow who participates in the Legal Priorities Summer Institute is awarded a $2,500 stipend. In order to receive the stipend, participants must attend the entirety of the Institute programming and submit a post-program evaluation (that will take no longer than 30 minutes). 

In addition to the above stipend, participants will be provided food and lodging for the duration of the Institute and receive reimbursement for airfare or other travel expenses.

What should I expect?

The Institute will consist of daily presentations, discussion groups, debates, and workshops led by global leaders in government and international relations, academics and researchers, legal practitioners, philanthropists, and members of the judiciary.

The purpose of these workshops is to introduce students to key issues affecting the long-term future, provide a space to examine and discuss the ethical and empirical claims underlying these focus areas, and introduce participants to new opportunities to use their legal career for the common good.

Participants will have frequent opportunities to discuss these topics in the classroom, in one-on-one meetings, over meals, and in social gatherings. This programming will be complemented by practical career advising to help law students explore job opportunities and network with potential employers and partners.

Following the Summer Institute, participants will be connected to a network of global lawyers, policymakers, and researchers working to improve our collective future. Participants will be invited to join follow-up reading groups, apply for career coaching, and be directed to promising research and employment opportunities in high-impact fields.

When and where should I apply?

Apply here by June 24, 2022. We plan to send acceptance notifications by July 1.

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Update: We've extended the deadline to apply for LPSI to June 24. If you think you might be a good fit, we'd love to see your application!