Visiting Research Scholar Program

Program Overview

The Office of Graduate & International Programs offers the Visiting Research Scholar Program to support various needs of international legal scholars engaged in major research projects for which Temple Law’s outstanding faculty and resources can be of assistance. Each Researcher is matched with one or more faculty members who have similar interests to enhance mutual research agendas. Researchers enjoy full access to the Temple Law’s library and research facilities to pursue their specialized research agendas. In addition to the resources offered by the the law school, the visitors in residence have access to the extensive intellectual and cultural activities offered both at Temple University and in Philadelphia. The program is limited to Doctor of Laws students and full-time law school faculty.

The Graduate & International Programs committee selects researchers from an international pool of applicants based on the significance and timeliness of their research interests. While there is no fixed agenda for these researchers in residence, they are encouraged and welcome to observe classes, particularly those in their area of interest, and to participate in the law school’s workshops, lecture series, and colloquia. Researchers are invited to give presentations to the law school community and they participate in teaching law school classes. The Office Graduate & International Programs also sponsor invitational lunches and periodic brown-bag lunch meetings which provide the visitors in residence an opportunity to both socialize and exchange ideas with the Temple community including Temple Law’s international students. Researchers are expected to contribute significantly to the intellectual environment of the law school. At times, they engage in collaborative research work with members of the Temple Law faculty which may result in joint or parallel work product(s).

Visiting Researchers pay no tuition; they do not qualify for employee benefits and they are required to make their own travel and housing arrangements.

The start date of the program coincides with the two week orientation for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign-trained Lawyers, typically beginning two weeks prior to the start of the law school’s Fall semester. All incoming visiting research scholars must attend this orientation, as it provides an overview of the American legal systems and library resources that are available to students and scholars.

We are currently accepting applications for a program start date of August 1, 2020.

Application deadline: April 1, 2020

Library Privileges

The Office of Graduate & International Programs provide work space for the visitor in the library. Although some computer facilities may be available in the library, visitors are encouraged to bring their own laptops for their own research. Researchers are given full access to the law library to pursue their specialized research projects. This includes certain research services such as Westlaw and Lexis. A Temple ID is issued during the time in residence which allows access to the law building and the law library.

Application Procedure

The LL.M. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers at Temple Law

As an alternative to the Visiting Research Scholar Program, some individuals desiring to earn a law degree may wish to consider Temple Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree programs in Philadelphia or Beijing. Some international students choose these programs because of the unique opportunities they offer for international study. The law school curriculum is reviewed and adapted to reflect the challenges presented by a global society. Temple recognizes that the emergence of the world economy has created a need for attorneys who understand the complexities of the global marketplace and society.

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