The Berger and Clarke visiting scholar program at Cornell university law schoolThe Berger Program at Cornell University Law School recognizes two categories of non-faculty visitors:
Generally those with a faculty appointment at their home institution or equivalent professional status (e.g., experienced jurists, government officials, and senior practitioners.
FEES:Visiting Scholar: $2,500 /semester; $5,000 / academic year
Generally Ph.D. degree candidates, younger professionals and others who are at the beginning of a promising legal career.
FEES: Visiting Researcher: $1,350 / semester; $2,500 / academic year
** If you wish to stay less than one semester, please contact us to discuss the length of your proposed stay and the corresponding fee. Fees may be waived or reduced in situations of economic hardship. If you would like to request a reduction or waiver, please include a letter explaining the reason for your request when you return your completed application.
Who is eligible to applyIn general, Cornell Law School does not accept visiting scholars or researchers unless the applicant is the nominee under an exchange agreement with a partner school, or a Cornell Law School faculty member has invited them.
In the absence of a pre-existing relationship with a faculty member, applicants are asked not to contact faculty members directly. The Law School will match prospective scholars with interested faculty members during the application review process. If you are interested in working with a particular faculty member you may indicate that in your research statement on on the application in the space provided. In addition, please indicate your wish to be considered as a visitor under the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture. The Clarke Program welcomes visiting scholars from East Asia and elsewhere whose research makes an innovative contribution to the understanding of East Asian law and culture. Visiting Researchers typically spend two weeks to four months in residence. Postdoctoral Fellows spend a year in residence completing major research projects.
Each year, the number of applications far exceeds the number of scholars the law school can accommodate. We review each application and take into account each applicant's academic background, research interests, scholarly achievements and English-language proficiency. We normally make our decisions shortly after the application deadline.
General Conditions of Visiting at Cornell Law SchoolCornell Law School ordinarily does not have funds to support travel to and from Ithaca, or to support living expenses while scholars are in residence. Every accepted scholar must have sufficient financial support for the visit and must certify this as a part of the application for a U.S. visa.
Visitors will be provided with a Cornell ID; an e-mail account; library access, as well as the electronic databases to which Cornell Law School subscribes; wireless computer network access; use of Lexis/Westlaw; and access to all general Law School events. With an instructor's permission, Visiting Scholars and Researchers will be permitted to audit classes. As space allows, the Law School may be able to reserve limited work space for visitors at a dedicated carrel or small shared office. Scholars who wish to use the resources of Cornell University that are outside of the Law School must inquire concerning the conditions of such use.
Deadline for ApplicationsApril 1st--visits to begin the following August–December.
September 1st--visits to begin the following January to July.
Application ProcedureAll prospective visiting scholars and researchers who fall within one of the above categories are requested to supply all of the following information:
Housing Visitors are primarily responsible for locating suitable housing, but the Law School's International Programs office and the Cornell University International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) can provide some information in that regard. Our International Students and Scholars have created the following websites to assist you with your search.: http://www.isso.cornell.edu/academicstaff/housing.php or http://www.isso.cornell.edu/ithacalife/housing.php
visaOnce accepted into the program, the Law School will send Visiting Scholars and Visiting Researchers the necessary forms to obtain a J-1 visa. These forms should be returned as described in the accompanying instructions. Please note that immigration regulations require all foreign visitors to provide documentation of their ability to support themselves financially while in the United States. Currently, the minimum finding requirement is as follows: $1300 per month per visitor, plus an additional $650 per month for an accompanying spouse and $375 per month for an accompanying child and a $1200 initial adjustment expense. Updated financial requirements will be provided along with other materials upon a visitor's acceptance into the program.
Contact:All persons interested in being a visiting scholar should e-mail the completed application and supporting documents to:
Ms. Dawne F. Peacock
Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
Cornell Law School
105 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901, U.S.A.