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Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

2018 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

June 14-19 and June 21-26, 2018
Registration Period
30 October - 12 March 18
Washington, D.C.

Since 1995, over 1,300 social studies educators from across the country have come together in Washington, D.C. for the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers, a six-day teacher professional development program focused on improving teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

The Institute includes sessions led by Supreme Court experts, journalists, authors, and attorneys, who give social studies educators an in-depth understanding of how the Court chooses and decides cases and what it is like to argue before the Court. The Institute covers six recent cases. This exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Supreme Court building to hear decisions handed down and attend a private reception.

The Institute prepares social studies educators to use and promote innovative teaching methods with current and past cases. Beyond the content-rich sessions and activities, social studies educators are also equipped with the skills and tools to train fellow teachers at home.

Program Info

Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,200 teachers from across the country to convene in Washington, D.C., for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Read more

Application Details and Eligibility

  • 30 teachers from across the country will be accepted for each Institute (60 total).
  • Admission is based on a competitive application process.
  • Applicants must:
    • teach or supervise secondary social studies or law-related education
    • commit to attend all sessions
    • commit to train other secondary social studies teachers upon returning to their district
    • not have already attended one of the Supreme Court Summer Institutes or a Supreme Court Seminar
  • We encourage educators of color, those who teach in urban schools or on Native American reservations, those new to the teaching profession, and educators of diverse backgrounds (e.g. LGBTQ+ or disabled) to apply.

Application Instructions

  1. All applications must be received by March 12, 2018
    • Applying for the First Time: Hit the "Register Now Online" button and submit an online application.
    • Re-applying: Applicants who have previously applied to the Summer Institute should contact Anthony Ashford to "reactivate" their application from a previous year.
  2. Submit to Street Law, Inc. a letter of support from your principal or supervisor by March 12, 2018. Letters of support should convey your supervisor's approval for your attendance and support for you to train others in your school, district, or state upon your return. Email, fax, or mail to:

    Anthony Ashford
    program coordinator
    Street Law, Inc.
    1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    office: 240.821.1324
    fax: 301.589.1131

All applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 2, 2018. Please do not attempt to pay your registration fee or make other arrangements until you are notified of your acceptance.

Institute Location

Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Hotel Information

Participants will be eligible for discounted rooms at the Washington Court Hotel. Teachers willing to share a room with another participant will pay $180 for the week ($36/night), while teachers who want their own room will pay $450 for the week ($90/night).

Registration Fee

$150 registration fee (due on Friday, April 20th) includes all materials and several meals.


Participants who conduct trainings for other teachers after completing the Institute are eligible to receive a stipend of $200.

Opportunities for Continuing Education Credit

Upon completion of the Institute, each participant receives a certificate verifying 35 contact hours. Your participation may count toward continuing education/ professional development hours. However, requirements vary by school district. Please check with your district to see if the Summer Institute satisfies the eligibility requirements.


Please contact Anthony Ashford ( with any questions about the Institute.

Additional Resources for Teachers

For lesson plans, Supreme Court case summaries, and additional teaching resources visit the Supreme Court Institute for Teachers page of our programs section.