CLS Law School Fellows


The CLS Law School Fellows program is designed to encourage and train law students to seek and study biblical truth as it relates to legal institutions and the study and practice of law. 

The CLS Law School Fellows program is a week-long summer program designed for law students seeking a deeper understanding of the nature and sources of human law. The week will provide theological and philosophical tools for a mission-minded approach to legal study and law practice. All travel, lodging, and expenses are covered by the program. 

Click here to learn more about becoming a CLS Law School Fellow. 


2022 CLS Law School Fellows Reunion



Dear CLS Law School Fellows,

It’s time for a reunion! 

On Friday, October 7, 2022, students and attorneys from all five years of the CLS Law School Fellows program will gather in Newport Beach, CA, for a time of fellowship, learning, and celebration.

The reunion will correspond with the 2022 CLS National Conference at the VEA Newport Beach Hotel on October 6-9, 2022, as part of the National Law Student Convention.

The reunion will kick off at 12 noon on Friday and will run until 5 PM. As part of this time together, we will enjoy lunch and hear from the one and only Francis Beckwith on the topic: “How the Law Should Take Rites Seriously.” A full schedule of festivities will be sent to you closer to the event, including several rounds of “Hot Seat” Q & As with noteworthy academics and law practitioners.

Need-based stipends of up to $500 are available toward travel and stay. You may coordinate a roommate through Law Student Ministries to offset the cost as well. Contact Anton for more information about this option. (Please note you must apply for the scholarship.)

The deadline to RSVP and receive scholarships is September 1, 2022. If you need additional scholarship funds to attend the event, please let Anton know, as CLS is continuing to pursue additional funding. If you are a 2022 Fellow your registration cost for the conference is $25. For the rest of you, check the prices in the Scholarship Application (available here) for more details on the discounted rates for each Fellows Class.

Please note that the conference programming does include many CLE credit opportunities for those of you who are now required to submit hours to your state! There are several other ongoing activities throughout the conference – programs that you learned about during your Fellows program, including the Christian Legal Aid Summit taking place on Thursday, October 6. To learn about this opportunity and the many others that will take place at the CLS National Conference, click here

We truly hope you can join us for this exciting event. A gracious donor has partnered with CLS to help make this event a success, and the most important piece of it being successful is your presence.

If you have any questions, please contact Anton at Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can start assessing the scale of this reunion and make sure you all get fed!

We hope you can join us for this time of rejuvenation in Newport Beach!


Francis Beckwith


Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Resident Scholar in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar.

His many books include Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (2019); Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (2015), and Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (2007).