Visiting Scholars

The University of Illinois College of Law visiting scholars program provides an opportunity for qualified individuals to conduct independent research in a law school setting. College of Law visiting scholars fall into three categories: judicial fellows, senior research fellows, and junior research fellows. Fellows are expected to be active members of the College community during their stay. Visits can be for any duration although a minimum of four months is recommended. All visiting scholar applications will be evaluated based on space availability, access to research materials to support the proposed project, and faculty interest.

Visiting scholars have access to the College of Law's facilities and are provided with a semi-private work space with a desk, file storage, and access to printer capabilities within the Law Building. Visiting scholars will have the opportunity to present their research to the College of Law community through our International Workshop Program.

In addition to the specific requirements outlined below, each visiting scholar application must include a description of the research to be undertaken while at the College of Law, a curriculum vitae, and the period for the proposed visit. As of January 5, 2015 the University is no longer able to issue a DS-2019 without documentation of English proficiency, this means a recent TOEFL score of at least 60 or a recent IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Meet Our Visiting Scholars

Mr. Yelong Sun (China): Visiting Scholar
Faculty Host - Professor Richard L. Kaplan

Ms. Kyoko Bagheri Watanabe (Japan): Visiting Scholar
Faculty Host – Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson

Ms. Mayumi Kobayashi (Japan): Visiting Scholar
Faculty Host - Professor Steve Beckett

Dr. Young Sok Kim (South Korea): Visiting Scholar
Faculty Host - Professor Francis Boyle

Davide Tardivo (Italy): Visiting Scholar
Faculty Host - Professor Matt Finkin

Judicial Fellows

For members of the judiciary or judicial staff on nomination by their institutions. The typical judicial fellowship is nine to 12 months during which fellows are expected to undertake a research project and to gain acquaintance with some facet of the U.S. judicial system at the federal, state, or local level.

Senior Research Fellows

For established scholars on the nomination of a member of the University of Illinois College of Law faculty.

Junior Research Fellows

For doctoral or immediate post-doctoral students with a letter of introduction from a faculty member at the student's home institution.


$5,000 per semester

For LL.M. and J.S.D. Admissions, please contact:

Office of Graduate and International Legal Studies
University of Illinois College of Law
244 Law Building
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-6066