Visiting Scholar/Visiting Researcher Program: Eligibility

Admissions Criteria

Each year the Graduate Program hosts some 25 to 30 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Researchers ("Visitors") from around the world. A Visiting Scholar (someone who received his/her highest law degree ten or more years ago) is generally a professor of law at another institution or a senior member of the legal profession; a Visiting Researcher (someone who received his/her highest law degree within the last ten years) is generally a person who is working towards a graduate degree, doing post-graduate work at another institution, or a junior member of the profession. Please note that "Visiting Student" status is not available at Harvard Law School.

Because of the large number of applications we receive each year, the Graduate Program is unable to accommodate all those who express interest in visiting for research purposes. In selecting applicants for Visitor status, the Committee on Graduate Studies considers the applicant’s background, field of interest, scholarly achievements, research proposal, availability of Harvard Law School faculty for consultation in the proposed research area, and English language proficiency. Applicants should have completed their basic legal studies with high academic standing.

Prospective applicants interested in an affiliation with a specific research program at the Law School (e.g., the East Asian Legal Studies Program, the Human Rights Program, the Institute for Global Law and Policy, etc.) should contact that program directly for application information and procedures. For information on specific research programs, please visit the Harvard Law School Research Programs and Centers website. Please note that each research program conducts its own admissions process for Visitors; admission to the Graduate Program as a Visitor does not constitute admission to any of the other research programs, and vice versa.

Last modified: October 04, 2012

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