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) may be offered. Reference librarians will help Visiting Scholars use the print and online resources.
  • University Library: Scholars may checkout materials from other UW libraries.
  • 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.
  • Research Cores: Work in a study group with other international researchers to conduct research, write a paper and make a presentation of your findings.
  • Special Activities & Lectures: Attend Asian Law Center Lecture Series, Global Mondays, Social Justice Tuesdays and other lecture series, classes and seminars.
  • Social Gatherings:Attend parties and other social/cultural events with LL.M. students, visiting scholars and their family members.


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