Since 2003, the Michael E. Moritz College of Law has offered an amazing opportunity for Ohio State law students to study and work in Washington, DC, each summer. The Moritz DC Summer Program annually places about twenty law students in summer internships in DC—usually in unpaid internships and most often at federal agencies, on the Hill, and at non-profits. As part of the summer program, Professor Christopher Walker teaches a course entitled the Ethics of Washington Lawyering, the students write a final term paper based on a substantive legal topic related to their internship, and they meet with dozens of prominent lawyers in DC, including agency general counsels, White House lawyers, members of Congress, federal judges, and top-flight public interest litigators—to provide just a few examples.
The Moritz DC Summer Program attracts some of our sharpest students, including many who are interested in careers in government and public service. Including this summer, 350 Ohio State law students will have participated in the program. These students make a substantial investment to participate in the program, including this year tuition and fees in the amount of $8,445.40 for Ohio residents and $10,718.00 for nonresidents in addition to living expenses.
To make the Moritz DC Summer Program more accessible to our students and to help provide more financial flexibility for students in the program to pursue public-interest employment opportunities after graduation, we are launching this inaugural Buckeye Funder campaign to encourage alums, supporters, and friends of Ohio State to invest in our amazing students. Our goal is to raise $30,000 in scholarships through this initiative, which will be divided equally among the roughly twenty students enrolled in the 2021 Moritz DC Summer Program.
For more information on the Moritz DC Summer Program, check out the program website here. On the program website, we also list where all of our students have worked in prior summers.
Please donate to support our Buckeyes in Law in DC and spread the word to fellow Buckeye alums, friends, and supporters!