Overview

Immerse yourself in Capitol Hill’s ecosystem to learn how ethics, the government and law interact to form America’s center of political and legal power.

Capitol Hill is the seat of power for the U.S. federal government, comprising the U.S. Senate, Congress, Supreme Court, many federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and other politically powerful groups. In this Exploration, students will learn how government, law and ethics interact to form America’s political and legal systems and power structure. Students will explore how the abstract idea of “the law” functions on the ground, delve into the inner workings of the government and develop an in-depth understanding of how they interact and impact each other.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Exploring the foundation on which America is built, students will go behind the edifice of the courtroom to explore how federal law functions in the real world. Students will discover firsthand how the abstract idea of “the law” takes form in the reality of lawyers and the federal justice system.

• The government module provides a non-partisan overview of the U.S. government with a focus on federal institutions, ideas, policy and history. Students will explore and analyze current events in government and learn how they are being represented and debated in the media.

• Government and the law are codified in rules and regulations, but ethical standards create additional frameworks that guide individuals and institutions within various federal institutions. Students will learn about various ethical standards and how they constrain and guide various professionals who work in law, government and journalism.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Supreme Court of the United States, The Capitol and George Washington Law School Moot Court Room. Students may also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times Washington Bureau.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Clark Neily (Vice President, The Cato Institute) and Nathan Kasai (Senior Policy Council, Third Way).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates:

Term 1: June 7 - June 19

Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 4: July 19 - July 31

Location: Washington, DC

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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