All 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.
In 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.
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.
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.