Visiting Scholars Program

Columbia Law School’s Visiting Scholars Program has hosted thousands of exceptional international scholars, professors, judges, practitioners, government officials, and civil society leaders.

We have recently been required to substantially modify many administrative processes. As a result, we may not be able to respond to applications within the standard 8-week time period.  We advise all prospective candidates to incorporate this into their planning.

Visiting Scholars range from senior faculty at the world’s leading research institutions to doctoral students beginning their scholarly careers. 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, constitutional law, and international private and public law.

All Visiting Scholars participate in the weekly Visiting Scholar Forum series, where they present their work in progress to peers from around the world.

With permission from the instructor, Visiting Scholars can audit up to two Columbia classes each semester. They have access to Columbia Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, its free printing facilities, and many of its digital databases. 

Note: The term Visiting Scholar is a courtesy designation that does not signify a formal association or academic appointment with the University. Individuals named to these titles may not claim a university affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants or contracts and should not represent themselves in their publications, or otherwise, as having a university affiliation.

For further information about the Visiting Scholars program and application process, please click here.