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Best Summer Programs for Law, Political Science and International Relations

For future lawyers, political operators, and diplomats, high school is not always an easy time to find meaningful opportunities to gain experience in the field. Sure, during the school year, one can access activities like the debate team, Model UN, student government, and plethora of other relevant clubs, but the summer is not as conductive to such meaningful endeavors. As a solution, we recommend applying to a competitive summer program in one of these disciplines.

Our list of Best Summer Programs in Law, Political Science, and International Relations is comprised of 33 stellar programs that range in duration, cost, and eligibility criteria but all share the common trait of being respected by the academic community. Each of the aforementioned data points are provided for each school along with the location of the program, whether they offer a residential experience, and when the application window opens and closes. We also include the dates that applications become available, the deadlines, whether residential housing is offered, and the geographic location where the program takes place. Hopefully this list will help you locate the program that will lead to a meaningful summer experience and improved college admissions prospects down the road.

ProgramLocationResidentialFocusLengthCostsApp. OpensDeadlineEligibility
Beloit Center for Language StudiesBeloit, WIYesForeign Langauge3.5, 7 weeks$3050-6100AvailableRollingRising 12th + Graduates
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)5 weeks$6560+Dec 15May 29Rising 11th, 12th
Boston University High School Summer TermBoston, MAYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1, 2, 3 weeks $1600-6675Dec 15RollingRising 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1, 3 weeks$2810-12,354DecemberFeb 3 Early, Mar 3Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Community of Scholars – American UniversityWashington, D.C.YesSocial Sciences3 weeks$3300-5100AvailableMay 1Rising 11th, 12th
Cornell University International Debate CampIthaca, NYYesSpeech & Debate 1 week $3,500Available Rolling13-18 years old
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500mid-January RollingRising 11th and 12th
Davidson College July ExperienceDavidson, NCNo Summer Program for 2022Liberal arts
Emory National Debate Institute Summer ProgramsAtlanta, GA (or online)YesDebate 1-2 weeks~$850-$1,700AvailableApr 1 Early, May 15 RegularRising 10th, 11th, 12th
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.YesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1-6 weeks~$2,000-$11,629December15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Georgetown International Relations AcademyWashington DCYesInternational Relations1 week $3,115AvailableJan 31 Early, May 15 RegularRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Gettysburg Summer ProgramsGettysburg, PAYesHistory, Psychology1 week$350-1350AvailableRolling, Jul 4Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MA & OnlineYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 or 7 weeks$4000-$13,300Dec 1Jan 26 Early, Mar 2Rising 10th, 11th, 12th (must be 15 by 12/2/21)
Marist Summer Pre-CollegePoughkeepsie, NYNoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)3 weeks~$1500JanuaryRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Johns Hopkins Summer University ProgramBaltimore, MDYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 weeks$5512-6063Dec 15RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1 week$1,080Late WinterRollingRising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 weeks$210Oct 18Jan 24Rising 12th
Notre Dame Summer Scholars OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)3 Weeks$1,900Oct 18Feb 21Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 weeks$4250-$4375Oct 18Feb 21Rising 11th, 12th
Skidmore Summer Pre-College ProgramOnline for 2022NoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)4 weeks$3015-4040Early JanuaryApr 1 Priority, Rolling May 1Rising 11th, 12th + Graduates
Purdue University Courses ONLINE for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)4, 8, 12 Weeks$350-$7200Dec 1May 1Age 16 or above
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsWest Lafayette, INYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1, 4, 8 Weeks$1800-$8700Dec 1May 1Age 16 and above
Smith College Precollege ProgramsNorthhampton, MAYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci)1, 2, 4 Weeks$2425-4285+Jan 10Mar 1 Priority, Apr 15000Rising 11th, 12th (Women only)
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCWashington DCMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1-3 weeks$2345-$6745AvailableJan 31 Early, May 15 FinalRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer at BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1-4 weeks$2506-$9120Jan 6Jan 14 Priority, May 6 RegularRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer at Brown OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2-6 weeks $2947-$5720Jan 6Jan 14 Priority, May 6 RegularRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)3 weeks$1475-$4400Jan 10May 1Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th + Graduates
The Clark Scholars Program (Texas Tech University)Lubbock, TXYesMultiple (Including Poli-Sci/IR)7 weeksFree/StipendJan 3Feb 16Rising 12th + Graduates
Tufts University Courses for High School Students Medford, MAYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 weeks$4000-5500Dec 1May 1Rising 11th, 12th + Graduates
UCLA Summer InstitutesLos Angeles, CAYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)1, 2, 3, 6 Weeks$825-1170AvailableApr 1Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
University of Chicago Summer CollegeChicago, ILYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)3 weeks$7775-13,200Dec 15Jan 19 Priority, Mar 9Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
University of Washington Summer Quarter OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)5 weeks ~$1,200-$3,8003-Feb28-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Wake Forest University Debate and Public Advocacy Institute Winston-Salem, NCYesDebate 1 week$1500-$2500AvailableRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Wake Forest Summer Immersion ProgramWinston-Salem, NCYesMultiple (including Business)1 week$1500-2700AvailableRolling, MayRising 10th,11th, 12th + Graduates
Washington Youth Summit on the EnvironmentFairfax, VAYesPublic Policy & Environment1 week$2,300AvailableJan 24Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Washington University in St. Louis Summer ProgramsSt. Louis, MOYesMultiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)5 weeks$6925-10,465Nov 1Apr 1 Early, May 2Rising 12th
Wellesley Pre-College Honors ImmersionWellesley, MAOpen to Wellesley Students only 2022Multiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)
William & Mary Summer Program in Early American HistoryWiliamsburg, VAYesAmerican History3 weeks$2400-4700Nov 15Jan 15 Early, Jun 10 RegularRising 11th, 12th + Graduates
Yale Young Global ScholarsNew Haven, CTOnline for 2022Multiple (including Poli-Sci/IR)2 weeks$3500-$6500AvailableNov 3 Early, Jan 10 RegularMust be 16 years old by 7/19/22
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