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Areté Academy – United States

Can your daily work and study in law, government, and public policy honor God and make a difference in your nation?
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Areté Academy – United States is a one-week leadership development training program for highly-accomplished college students and recent graduates who are interested in future careers in law, government, business, and public policy. This Academy is a unique combination of substantive legal instruction, strategies for professional development, methods for cultural engagement, and spiritual formation.

Through the rigorous curriculum, Delegates will engage the foundations of law and justice, natural law principles, and biblical worldview training. Together, Delegates explore how these foundational principles apply to some of the most pressing issues facing society today, including religious freedom, intellectual tolerance and academic diversity, marriage and family, as well as the right of conscience and the sanctity of life. These elements are all designed to equip Delegates to fulfill their God-given vocational callings with character and excellence.

Areté Academy – United States creates the unique opportunity for each Delegate to join a thoughtful community that values and promotes both faith and professional excellence. Delegates will establish personal connections with other students, who will then become lifelong colleagues, associates, and friends. 


Nathan, Taylor University

"After participating in Areté Academy this summer, I walked away with a great deal of tools to help kick start my vision of working in law. Not only did I receive invaluable guidance from the faculty and staff, but I also received very practical tools to help me choose a career path. I feel much more prepared to venture into the plan God has in mind for me."

Kelsey, Grove City College

"My time at Areté Academy is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was encouraging to be surrounded by young, intelligent, and faithful Christians who share the same passions and interests as me. The staff and mentors were living proof that Christianity can not only survive, but thrive in the legal field."

Danielle, University of Arizona

"Areté Academy was an absolutely wonderful experience. It was so encouraging to be surrounded by such a strong community of believers who all experienced similar struggles trying to defend the truth on campus and in public discourse. I left the program feeling inspired, connected, equipped, and with a deep sense of gratitude."

Alexandra, The King's College

"Areté confirmed my vocational calling to law, introduced me to accomplished and like-minded peers, and gave me incredible access to brilliant scholars."

Toni, Princeton University

"Areté taught me a great deal about constructing a worldview which maintains truth to faith while engaging in political expression. And the real world experience of Areté staff and faculty, combined with the genuine love they offer, definitely makes the experience worth it."

Academy Details:

Scottsdale, Arizona

August 11-16, 2019

Application Deadline: January 29, 2019

Acceptance Date: March 14, 2019

As a Delegate, you will:

  • Engage with renowned Christian experts in the legal and policy fields.

  • Expand leadership skills and refine professional goals.

  • Examine current legal and cultural issues.

  • Receive specialized and ongoing career development advice.

  • Participate in daily worship and scriptural instruction.


Admission to the Areté Academy is highly competitive. Delegates are selected for their demonstrated academic achievement, leadership potential, and Christian commitment. For those applicants selected to participate, Alliance Defending Freedom will underwrite the costs for transportation*, lodging, educational materials, and most meals. In order to attend this track, enrollment at or graduation from a university located in the United States is required. 

*Transportation – Reasonable cost of airfare within the continent will be covered. Flights to and from local (nonhub) airports are excluded. Exceptions apply.

If you are unsure of your career objectives but are considering a career in law, government, or public policy, we welcome you to apply. Areté Academy is an ideal forum in which to prayerfully consider your vocational calling, all while under the tutelage of renowned Christian professionals in these fields. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Katie Vizzerra at, or view our FAQ.

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