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 law school’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.

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.
  • Research Cores

    Work independently or in a study group with other international researchers to conduct research, write a paper and/or make a presentation of your findings at monthly Visiting Scholars Roundtable meetings.
  • Lectures

    Attend Asian Law Center Lecture Series, Global Mondays, Social Justice Tuesdays and other lecture series, classes and seminars. With special permission of instructors, visiting scholars may also audit specific law school courses.
  • Special Activities & Workshops

    Attend special events planned specifically for Visiting Scholars, including visits to the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle to view jury trials and other court proceedings, hands-on research workshops for using the Gallagher Law Library and electronic databases (LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law), and Visiting Scholars Roundtable meetings (presentations by Visiting Scholars).
  • 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.
  • Social Gatherings

    Attend parties and other social/cultural events with LLM students, visiting scholars and their family members.