2023 Supreme Court Summer Institute

Bring SCOTUS into Your Classroom this School Year

Week 1: June 8 - 13 and Week 2: June 22 - 27

Washington, DC

Since 1995, over 1,500 social studies educators from across the country have come together in Washington, DC, 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 application period for the 2023 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers will open in October 2022. 

The Institute incorporates cases from the current Supreme Court term. This exciting opportunity historically culminates with a visit to the Supreme Court building to hear decisions handed down and attend a private reception. At the present time, the Supreme Court building is closed to the public, but we will monitor the situation and return to this tradition if the Court permits.

The Institute prepares social studies educators to use and promote innovative student-centered 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 when they return to their schools.

Application Details and Eligibility

Please read this section closely before applying to confirm that you are eligible to attend and that you complete your application properly.

  • 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 secondary (grades 7-12) social studies or law-related education
    • Commit to attend all sessions (Week 1: June 8 - 13 and Week 2: June 22 - 27)
    • Not have already attended Street Law's Supreme Court Summer Institute
    • Complete one of the following activities after the Institute in order to receive a $200 stipend:
      • Conduct training for other teachers
      • Write a journal article about the teaching methods or content covered at the Institute
      • Participate in two cycles of sustained support with Street Law staff
  • We encourage educators of color, those who teach in urban or rural schools or on Native American reservations, those new to the teaching profession, and educators of diverse backgrounds to apply.
  • In addition to the online application, an Administrator Reference Form must be completed.

Logistical Details



Event Venue Information

Washington, DC

Washington, District of Columbia

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