Visiting Scholars Program
During recent decades, Columbia Law School’s Visiting Scholars Program has hosted thousands of exceptional international scholars, professors, judges, practitioners, and government officials.
The individuals who participate in the program each year are immensely diverse. Their research and scholarship touch on a multitude of legal disciplines, including comparative and international criminal law, human rights, legal philosophy, commercial and corporate law, and constitutional law as well as international private and public law. Visiting Scholars range from senior faculty at the world’s leading research institutions, to doctoral students who are at the start of their scholarly careers.
All are invited to participate in the bi-weekly Visiting Scholar Forum series, at which visitors present their work-in-progress to peers from around the world. They may also, with permission from the instructor, audit up to two classes each semester. Visiting Scholars also have access to Columbia Law School’s renowned Arthur W. Diamond Law Library as well as a dedicated 24-hour workspace equipped with wireless access, free printing, and other amenities.
The Office of International Programs will generally not review applications, regardless of when submitted, until shortly after the deadline associated with each respective intake period. Applicants should anticipate that a response will take approximately eight weeks. Under extraordinary circumstances, such as to meet the deadline of a prospective funding source, they may submit a form to request early and/or expedited consideration.
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