Visiting Researchers

Each year Yale Law School welcomes a few visiting researchers, who are usually faculty or fellows at other universities, to engage in non-degree research. The Visiting Researcher Program is administered by the Graduate Programs Office.

Visiting researchers may audit one or two courses per term, with the consent of individual instructors, and make use of library facilities for their work. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the registration fee is $4,000 per term or $8,000 per academic year. No financial aid is available from the Law School for participants in this program.

The application deadlines are April 1 for the fall term and September 1 for the spring term.

To apply to be a Visiting Researcher, please submit:

  • the visiting researcher application form
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a description of your proposed research
  • a statement explaining why Yale Law School is a particularly appropriate affiliation for your work
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcript(s) of your academic record
  • the proposed length and dates of your stay
  • your official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report, unless you completed your undergraduate education or law degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in an English medium of instruction school) (Applicants who have at least a four-year degree from an educational instituiton in the United States or one of the countries listed above may request a waiver of the TOEFL. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test.)
  • an application fee of $75 (USD)

Payment may be made by a U.S. postal money order, traveler's check, or check drawn on a bank with a U.S. branch indicated on the check. Make checks payable to Yale Law School. We cannot accept cash or Western Union transfers. We also cannot accept direct deposits into our account.

You may also pay the fee by wire transfer to:
Bank of America, New York, NY, ABA Number 026009593

For credit to Yale University Account Number 0050296726 (For international bank transfers, please use the SWIFT number, BOFAUS3N)
Attention: Caroline Curtis, Yale Law School Graduate Programs.

All bank fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

Be sure your name is referenced for proper credit. Note that overpayment of application fees cannot be refunded.

The Graduate Programs Office is not responsible for misdirected checks or transfers.

The application fee is nonrefundable and will not be credited to the registration fee in the event of admission.

Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelopes, signed across the seal. All documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

Mail the documents to: Visiting Researcher Program, Yale Law School, P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8215.

All requirements are further described on the application form.