Visiting Scholars Program

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. The Program attracts researchers and legal policy makers from around the world who wish to participate in the School of Law's research and teaching programs, and conduct comparative research using the law library. The Program is designed for senior legal career professionals from legal institutions and eminent academics who have an extensive background in their given fields. Visiting Scholars may continue their research for up to one year, and may apply to extend the period for a maximum of one additional year.

The law school receives many more applications than there are places available. Most successful applicants are current law faculty, public legal officials or experienced attorneys who already hold an LL.M. or Ph.D. in law.

Applicants who are enrolled in a graduate degree program outside the U.S. are not eligible for the Visiting Scholars Program.

Admission to the Visiting Scholars Program is highly competitive. An appointment as a Visiting Scholar requires formal faculty approval and is not automatic.

Visiting Scholars Admissions Information

Visiting Scholars Benefits

  • Faculty: Discuss research and common interests with law faculty who have agreed to work with the Visiting Scholar. Access to faculty members is at the faculty discretion.
  • Gallagher Law Library: Access to and checkout of library books including our large international and comparative law collection and access to databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Access to databases on the Web may require a UW NetID. Borrowing books from other libraries (interlibrary loan) will be offered but if there are charges, the user will have to pay. Reference librarians will help Visiting Scholars use the print and online resources. Visiting Scholars are not entitled to faculty-level research services, including preparation of bibliographies and memoranda.
  • University Library: Library privileges as provided by library regulations and eligibility for assignment of faculty study in the Henry Suzzallo Library and access to University study and non-classified research facilities.
  • Research Space: Ample research space is available in the Law Library. Research carrels cannot be reserved but study and discussion rooms may be reserved on a short-term basis. Office space is not available.
  • Computer Access: Computer access is available from terminals in the library. Visiting Scholars are provided with the information to establish a UW NetID for computing privileges such as wireless internet access throughout the law school and e-mail.
  • UW English Programs: Eligible for UW courses for non-native English speakers at an additional fee. Enrollment is limited to a space available basis (contact English Language Programs)
  • Special Activities: Participate in special activities connected with the law school programs. The School of Law's Global Mondays Lecture Series offers Visiting Scholars the opportunity to present on their research topic or professional experience to the Law School community.
  • UW Facilities: Access to recreational and other facilities of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (visit the ASUW website or call 206-543-1780 ).
  • Bus Pass: Eligible for a special University bus pass (U-Pass) at a nominal cost (contact Parking Services).
  • Parking: Eligible for University campus parking for a fee (contact Parking Services).

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