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The Visiting Scholar Program at Emory Law seeks to facilitate the comparative study of legal systems and institutions, encourage the exchange of legal scholarship and experiences, and promote the rule of law and democratic values on a global scale.

Emory Law hosts scholars from around the world, engaging post PhD legal scholars, law school teachers, professionals, and practitioners for residencies ranging from three months to a year.

Each visiting scholar works with a faculty host from among the regular faculty at the law school, who coordinates activities and services, including:

  • the opportunity to audit classes (on a non-credit basis), with the approval of the faculty instructor
  • the possibility of presenting work-in-progress to law school faculty
  • access to faculty colloquia and academic presentations
  • access to Emory libraries and book-borrowing privileges
  • access to Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw research databases
  • Emory University email address.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Visiting Scholar Application Form »
  2. Provide the required documents (in English) with the application form:
    • Cover letter (explaining interest in the Emory Law Visiting Scholars Program)
    • CV or resume
    • Description of the research project you are currently working on with Emory Law faculty
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • copy of your passport


  • March 1 for September start (Fall semester)
  • August 1 for January start (Spring semester)

Please note that Emory Law has a limited number of spaces for visiting scholars and that spaces are competitive. Applicants should be connected with ongoing projects with the Center for International and Comparative Law, or be part of an established ongoing research relationship with an Emory Law faculty member.



A fee of $2,650 per semester (or any portion of a semester) covers administrative costs and services provided by Emory University School of Law. Payment must be made in full (whether for a visit of one semester or two) upon notification of acceptance to begin the visa and other necessary procedures.

Other Requirements

Before you join us, complete the following requirements.

  1. Full financial support, including family (if accompanying you). Emory recommends $2,500 per month to cover expenses for a single person.
  2. J-1 visa for international visiting scholars »
  3. Off-campus housing for graduate students »
  4. Health insurance for visiting scholars »
  5. Paid parking secured through the Transportation and Parking Services office of Emory University »
  6. Personal computer