International Scholar-in-Residence Program

For several years, William & Mary Law School has been welcoming legal professionals and academics from around the world to visit and conduct independent research at our Williamsburg campus. We invite qualified candidates to apply to this exciting program which allows for the pursuit of legal research in a renowned academic environment.  Our program is open to judges, lawyers, professors, and Ph.D. students.

International Scholar-in-Residence Benefits

  • Access to Law School facilities and the Wolf Law Library and the Swem Library with your W&M ID card
  • Library privileges at both the Law School and the College, with access to law school computers, wireless internet, LexisNexis and Westlaw databases. 
  • Access to conversational English practice.
  • Admission to lectures that are open to the public and other Law School events.
  • Audit of a law course with permission from the Vice Dean and the faculty member teaching the course.   
  • Can be renewed with permission.

Admission to the program is competitive, and space is limited. Scholars may choose to visit for either 6 months ($3,850) or 12 months ($6,600). 

Those interested in participating should submit the completed application form (PDF), a current resume, and a 1-2 page research proposal, to Professor Jennifer Stevenson, [[jsstevenson]]  If you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (English language tests), please include a copy with your application.  If not, we will email you to make an arrangement for a short telephone or Skype interview to assess your English ability.  Application materials should be submitted 4 months prior to the candidate's proposed visit dates.

Upon receipt of your application, a committee will review your application materials. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an admission letter as well as instructions for proceeding with the visa process.  Please note that scholars come to William & Mary on a J-1 visa, which requires that all visitors must be able to provide proof of medical insurance for themselves and any family members.

Prior to your arrival in Williamsburg, you will be contacted with regard to a required orientation at the Law School.  The orientation will consist of a tour of the Law School and Law Library, a brief meeting with one of the law librarians and a meeting with Professor Stevenson, who will be your faculty mentor.  You will also visit the International Students Office at the Reves Center for immigration processing, and the W&M Campus Center to obtain your W&M ID card.

W&M Law School considers your official start date as the date that is listed as your start date in your admission letter and we will not extend to ensure that a scholar has exactly 6 or 12 months at W&M Law (some visiting law scholars have this requirement as part of their funding).  Please plan your arrivals to coincide with your official start date (stated in your admissions letter).

A requirement of admission is that the scholar resides in the Williamsburg or immediate surrounding area.  During their stay, scholars may not live more than 30 minutes driving distance from the Law School.