UC Hastings Visiting Foreign Scholar Program is an opportunity for foreign legal scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary to spend up to one full academic year at the law school working on an independent legal research project. In the past, visiting scholars have worked on research ranging from comparative studies of corporate taxation and criminal procedure to international trade law and international human rights law. In addition to providing access to the extensive UC Hastings library collection, visiting scholars have the opportunity to meet with faculty members working in their field.
The UC Hastings program is a designated U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program created pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Pub. L. 87-256, 75 Stat. 527), more commonly known as the Fulbright-Hayes Act. The purpose of the Act is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of education and cultural exchanges. As participants in the program, visiting scholars are encouraged to contribute their talents to help UC Hastings achieve increased internationalization. Typical contributions range from giving presentations on their research topic and helping facilitate colloquia that explore global legal issues, to mentoring students, assisting in LL.M. student recruitment and/or assisting with international organizations, events and/or programs on campus.
All Visiting Foreign Scholars are considered research scholars and are expected to conduct their proposed legal research at the UC Hastings campus. Any exceptions must be approved by the faculty committee in advance.
In order to apply, please submit the following in English to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The deadline for submitting complete applications for proposed research period starting in Fall 2015 is May 1, 2015.
The deadline for submitting complete applications for proposed research period starting in Spring 2016 is October 1, 2015.
The law school fee for UC Hastings Visiting Foreign Scholars is U.S. $5,000* per semester or U.S. $8,000* per academic year. The fee covers access to our Law Library, wireless internet, research databases, and administrative and programming costs during a scholar’s stay.
UC Hastings Visiting Foreign Scholars are encouraged to attend a variety of social events, faculty colloquia, symposia, and conferences offered at UC Hastings.
If a Visiting Foreign Scholar wishes to audit a class or two at UC Hastings during his/her research period, there will be an additional fee. Please be aware that some classes may not be open to auditors and a written permission from his/her faculty mentor at UC Hastings as well as Associate Dean for Global Programs is required.
Due to the space restrictions, UC Hastings is unable to provide office space or assigned library carrels to our Visiting Foreign Scholars. Visiting Foreign Scholars are welcome to research and write in our library as well as other study areas of the College.
Fee Waivers. While there is no financial aid available for Visiting Foreign Scholars, applicants under certain circumstances part of the fees may be waived.
*Subject to change without advance notice.
Due to the extremely limited number of units available, UC Hastings Visiting Foreign Scholars are not eligible to apply for our on-campus housing.
Finding housing in San Francisco Bay Area is very challenging. It can take several weeks to several months to find suitable housing. Therefore, Visiting Foreign Scholars are strongly encouraged to start searching for suitable housing prior to their arrival in San Francisco. Please note that local hotel accommodations are expensive thus not conducive to long-term stay.
Visiting Foreign Scholars are responsible for securing their own housing throughout their research period.
UC Hastings does not offer any special discount plans for public transportation or parking facilities around UC Hastings. Foreign Visiting Scholars are responsible for arranging and paying for the cost of transportation from / to the airport and public transportation throughout their stay.
The U.S. Department of State and J-1 visa regulations require all J-1 Exchange Visitors and accompanying dependents to be covered by health and accidental insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements throughout their stay.
The health and accidental insurance must meet or exceed following requirements:
In addition, the health and accidental insurance policy must be underwritten by an insurance company with one of the ratings listed below:
OR by an insurance company that is backed by the full faith and credit of the Exchange Visitor’s government.
The minimum requirements set by UC Hastings to cover the cost of living are as follows: U.S. $2,000 per month for a Visiting Foreign Scholar; U.S. $1,000 per month for a spouse; $500 per month per child. Visiting Foreign Scholars are required to provide proof of source funding that meets or exceeds these amounts in order to receive documents to apply for a J visa.