Visiting Scholars & Researchers

Learn about our current and recent visitors.

About

visitingscholarsThe Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program at UCLA School of Law enables scholars, practitioners and jurists to spend up to a year at UCLA, use the law school facilities, and interact with UCLA Law faculty and students. Participants in the program come from U.S. and overseas universities, foreign governmental entities, and are individual practitioners in foreign countries.

Visitors are in residence at the law school for periods varying from a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of one calendar year.  Visiting periods can start at any time – visitors are not required to conform to the law school’s Academic Calendar when determining their visiting period.

The Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program is designed to offer individuals an opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic of interest to the law faculty at UCLA. It is not, however, a pedagogical program, and does not lead to a degree. Visitors are not entitled to enroll in courses, and are therefore permitted to audit courses only with the permission of the instructor.

Visitors have access to the Law Library, other campus libraries, and the law school computer network. They are invited to all talks, workshops, and conferences hosted at the law school, and may participate in any events open to the law community or general public. UCLA will attempt to provide a work space in the library – either a carrel or a shared room. In addition, the UCLA Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program organizes occasional workshops where visitors can present their work to other visiting scholars, researchers, and UCLA faculty.

Eligibility & Requirements

In order to apply to participate in our Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program, an applicant must be eligible under one of the three visitor categories described below. Eligible applicants must maintain their affiliations with their respective institutions throughout the duration of their proposed tenure at UCLA Law and return to their positions or posts at those institutions upon completion of their visits. 

There are three categories of visitors at UCLA Law, as follows:

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars are established scholars from other universities who seek to come to UCLA to do research, often in collaboration with a member of the UCLA Law faculty.

Visiting Researchers

Visiting Researchers are graduate-level students who want to spend time at UCLA School of Law in order to work on their dissertations or conduct research on topics in U.S. law.

Visiting Jurists

Visiting Jurists are members of the legal profession from other countries who want to spend time at UCLA School of Law in order to conduct specific research or learn about U.S. law in a particular field related to their work.

Application Process

The Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program is highly competitive. All candidates are required to have superior English language proficiency and a clearly articulated research plan. Applicants must submit an application form specifying the dates of the proposed visit and giving reasons for visiting at UCLA along with the below materials in order to receive consideration:

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
Research Project Description
TOEFL Score or Equivalent Demonstration of English Proficiency
Two Letters of Recommendation
Proof of Registration/Enrollment (Visiting Researcher Candidates Only)

Applicants must submit the above documents by April 1st for a proposed visit occurring during the following academic year. To confirm their eligibility to participate in the program and to obtain an application form, prospective visitors must first send a request including their proposed visiting period, applicable visitor category, and a brief description of their current affiliation to Tiffany Parnell, at visitingscholars@law.ucla.edu. Applicants are instructed not to contact individual faculty members to request admittance to or information about the program. 

Fees

All visitors are assessed program fees by the law school and the university based on the length of the visit.  In some cases, the law school fee can be waived. All visitors who require visas must also pay a one-time visa processing fee of $340. The law school cannot provide visitors with any financial aid or funding to assist with fees and/or living expenses. Nor does it offer stipends to appointed visitors.

Contact

For additional information about the program and to request an application, please contact the Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program Director, Professor Katherine Stone, at stone@law.ucla.edu, or the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Tiffany Parnell, at visitingscholars@law.ucla.edu.

contactUCLA School of Law
Visiting Scholars & Researchers Program
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476, USA
visitingscholars@law.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-3947

Resources, Benefits & Additional Information

Law Library

libraryAll visitors will have borrowing privileges in and access to the Law Library, which houses over 600,000 volumes in its print collection and has a wide variety of computerized information resources. Visitors will also receive access to other campus libraries, legal research databases – Westlaw and/or LexisNexis – and a work space in the law library for the duration of their visiting periods. Learn more about library hours, general policies, reference, copying, printing, borrowing services, e-resources, and research guides, or even take a virtual tour of the library by visiting the Law Library's website.

Visas

Dashew CenterIn order to comply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, most foreign visitors will need to obtain a J-1 visa in order to pursue their research at UCLA School of Law. (U.S. visitors or holders of U.S. citizenship/residency are exempt from this requirement.) Once accepted, the Law School and the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars (DCISS) will assist those international visitors seeking J-1 status for the duration of their visiting period in obtaining a DS-2019 form, which is required in order to sit for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. If applicable, visitors will receive a DS-2019 application and additional information about the J-1 visa along with their acceptance materials. Spouses and children under 21 years of age may accompany visitors or join them at a later date during the visiting period under the J-2 (dependent) visa. It can take at least 10 business days for DCISS to process the DS-2019 form upon receipt of the application and required documentation. DCISS strongly recommends that all DS-2019 requests be submitted at least 2 months prior to the proposed start date to allow sufficient time to apply for the J-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy and make travel arrangements. Specific questions pertaining to visa issues should be directed to the Dashew Center.

Health Insurance

All visitors, international and domestic, are required to obtain or provide evidence of health insurance that will offer medical coverage during the entirety of their approved visiting periods. UCLA has established the mandatory Visiting Scholar Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan (VSISP) for all J-1 visitors. Consequently, incoming visitors on the J-1 visa must enroll in VSISP. J-1 visitors who are insured by another provider may only waive VSISP if they can provide adequate evidence of comparable alternate coverage that is approved by Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. The coverage must include health, accident, medical evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance, and must meet the minimum policy specifications as outlined by the Dashew Center. Visitors must cover the full cost of their health insurance.

Living Expenses

UCLA estimates that a single visitor will incur living expenses of a minimum of $2,248 per month. If that visitor will be accompanied by a spouse, additional estimated costs of $500 per month would be anticipated. For each child that may also accompany the visitor, $223 per month may be expected. As a condition of acceptance to the program (and for issuance of the J-1 visa), all visitors must furnish evidence that they have sufficient funds to cover the minimum anticipated living expenses, as estimated by the university.

Other Resources

Banking

If you are interested in establishing a U.S. bank account while visiting, major banks such as Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and more have branches and ATMs located near the UCLA campus in Westwood.

Childcare/Daycare

For visitors who plan to have their children accompany them during their stay at UCLA Law, childcare is important. UCLA Early Care and Education Centers offer care for children between two months and six years of age. The Child Care Resource Program, Megan E. Daly Infant Development Program, and UCLA Westwood Child Care Center can also serve as invaluable resources in seeking and obtaining quality care for your children.

UCLA Directory

The campus directory can be a useful source for procuring contact information for different departments and offices on campus.