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Alliance Defending Freedom Collegiate Academy

The Alliance Defending Freedom Collegiate Academy launches exceptional college students and recent graduates on a path to future leadership in law, government, and public policy.  This program provides an intimate setting where you’ll learn from renowned Christian experts in the legal and policy fields and build the competence, credentials, and character you’ll need to bring about lasting change in our culture.

Watch this video to see how the Collegiate Academy has profoundly impacted recent attendees of the program and confirmed God’s calling for their lives.


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Session 1: May 31 - June 5, 2015
Session 2: August 9 - 14, 2015

Sessions will take place in Phoenix, Arizona

Application Deadline Date: February 9, 2015
Decision Date: March 16, 2015

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The Collegiate Academy is open to college upperclassmen and recent college graduates. If you are currently a sophomore in college, you are eligible to apply if you will complete your sophomore year before attending the Collegiate Academy.

If you are already attending law school, please consider applying for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, our summer internship program for law students. Information is available at

If you are unsure of your career objectives, but considering a career in law, government, or public policy, we welcome you to apply. The Collegiate Academy is a terrific forum in which to discern whether God is calling you to one of these areas under the tutelage of renowned Christian professionals in these fields. 

The Collegiate Academy is unique in many respects. It is a career preparation program focused specifically on the areas of law, government, and public policy. It offers a specialized curriculum in constitutional jurisprudence, natural law, and history, combined with Christian worldview training and career development. Admission to the Collegiate Academy is highly competitive, and gives graduates a life-long connection to the broader Alliance Defending Freedom network of Christian professionals working throughout the legal community.

The Collegiate Academy curriculum is based on Psalm 78, which says that if we want to impact the generations to come, we should teach them about God, God’s laws, and God’s works.

As a Delegate, you will deepen your knowledge of and relationship with God through the daily devotions and worship that are integral to the Collegiate Academy. You will learn about God’s law by studying natural law principles and how those principles impact the way that we interpret our Constitution, including modern-day constitutional jurisprudence in areas touching on religious freedom, academic freedom, life, marriage, family, and other essential topics. And you will learn about God’s works by understanding the role that Christianity played in America’s legal and political heritage.

We will also explore the notion of calling, and what it means to be a faithful and effective leader, a “worshipful warrior,” in law and public policy. And you’ll be equipped to steward the gifts God has given you by learning how to maximize your credentials and best position yourself to fulfill all that God is calling you to in your career.

Criteria for selection are based upon academic achievement, professional leadership potential, and demonstrated Christian commitment.

Taking the LSAT is not required for Collegiate Academy applicants. If you have taken the LSAT and received your score, please include your score on your application form, as it will be considered as part of your academic record. If you receive your LSAT score after submitting your application, please notify the Collegiate Academy staff as soon as possible.

In 2015, we plan to offer two Collegiate Academy sessions. The first will be held on May 31-June 5 and the second will be held on August 9-14. Both of the sessions will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, and the content substance will be the same.

We plan to accept 60 students to each of the two sessions of the Collegiate Academy.

During the application process, you will have the opportunity to indicate a preference, if any, for which Collegiate Academy session you would like to attend. Any schedule conflicts with one of the sessions should be noted at that time. The Collegiate Academy staff will make the final determination for each attendee based on schedule and availability of open spots, and we will strive to place as many Delegates as possible in their preferred session.

The deadline for the application is a receiving deadline. All application items must be uploaded to your online application file by 11:59 PM on the deadline date (Mountain Standard Time). It is the applicant’s responsibility to remind those who are writing their letters of recommendation of the deadline date. Exceptions are made only for the required academic transcripts. However, your request for such transcripts must be made before the deadline date. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. 

Please note: the application deadline is the same for both Collegiate Academy sessions in 2015.

The Collegiate Academy application includes a recommendation form for you to provide to each of your recommenders. A general letter of recommendation is not required. There are two options on the online application.

If you choose not to review the letters of recommendation, simply enter the name and email addresses of your recommenders. An email will automatically be sent to the recommenders with the online recommendation form. After the recommender submits the form online, it will be sent directly to the Collegiate Academy staff.

If you choose to review the letters of recommendation, a Word document will open, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to transmit that document to their recommenders. The recommenders or the applicant can email, mail, or fax the completed form back to the Collegiate Academy staff.

Applicants will be notified by email in March. Applicants who are accepted will then have a week to accept the offer by completing additional information online.

Alliance Defending Freedom covers the cost of airfare, lodging, materials, and most meals for each Collegiate Academy Delegate. Delegates are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport, if necessary, as well as any personal expenses incurred while attending the Collegiate Academy.

Attendance is mandatory for the entire Collegiate Academy session. A limited amount of free time is scheduled into the program. If a Delegate has a commitment during the Collegiate Academy, permission to leave must be received in advance from the Collegiate Academy staff.

Collegiate Academy Delegate Testimonials

— McNair, Wheaton College

“The Collegiate Academy confirmed my vocational calling to law, introduced me to accomplished and like-minded peers, and gave me incredible access to brilliant scholars.”Alexandra, The King's College

— Thaddeus, Cornell University

“Attending the Collegiate Academy was one of the most eye-opening, thought-provoking experiences I've had during my undergrad.” Leann, Harvard University

— Jihye, Harvard University

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