Visiting Scholars – General Information

Scalia Law School, through its Centers, welcomes a limited number of Visiting Scholars from around the world for up to six months. As a law school with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law, we encourage active engagement with various research, education, and practice components of law. Every Visiting Scholar must possess an advanced degree and a defined research agenda that serves as the basis for the visit.

A member of the Scalia Law faculty who is affiliated with one our eight Academic Centers will serve as the “faculty host” and must sponsor the Visiting Scholar. The faculty host must be willing to provide logistical support for the scholar regarding arrival and housing; facilitate meetings with the Visiting Scholar, provide advice, and introduce the Visiting Scholar to colleagues; and if desired, organize a presentation by the Visiting Scholar. The faculty host may arrange for the Visiting Scholar to audit up to two law school classes. Attendance and extent of participation in the law school class is subject to the approval of the professor for that class.

If you would like to be a Visiting Scholar at Scalia Law, you should identify and obtain on your own a faculty host who is affiliated with one of the Academic Centers before you submit a completed application package for consideration.

Visiting Scholars – Application Package

To apply for a position as a Visiting Scholar, the following documents should be sent to Professor TJ Chiang, Chair of the Visiting Scholars Committee:

  1. Completed Visiting Scholar Application Cover Sheet, available here.
  2. Comprehensive Research Proposal of 3-5 pages
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two Recommendation Letters
  5. Signed agreement of the Scalia Law faculty member who will serve as the faculty host, available here.
  6. Completed J-1 Visa Visiting Scholar Information Request Form (only required for Visiting Scholars requiring visas), available here.

The complete package of documents should be submitted via electronic transmission (preferred) to or by mail to 3301 Fairfax Drive, MS 1G3, Arlington, VA 22201.

Visiting Scholars – Admission

A committee appointed by the Dean of the law school will review the completed application package. The prospective Visiting Scholar can expect the review process to take four to six weeks, after which time the prospective Visiting Scholar will receive a written admission decision.

If the prospective Visiting Scholar receives admission, the written decision will include instructions for finalizing the appointment as Visiting Scholar, including information about additional forms and processes that will need to be completed for the Visiting Scholar to become part of both the Scalia Law School and the greater Mason community.

The Law School follows the visa process established by George Mason’s Office of International Programs & Services.

What to Expect as a Visiting Scholar at Scalia Law

The faculty host supports the Visiting Scholar throughout the course of the visit. Questions about the visit should be directed to the faculty host.

Visiting Scholars are provided a University ID, a University email address, and library access, including access to the schools electronic databases including Westlaw and Lexis. Visiting Scholars are not provided private office space, computers, research, or secretarial assistance.

Visiting Scholars must provide proof of their own health insurance or purchase a Visitor Health Plan through the school.

Visiting scholars must obtain their own housing and transportation prior to arrival.