Visiting Scholars

William Mitchell is able to accommodate a limited number of visiting scholars each year to engage in significant independent legal research projects.  Visiting scholars may apply or occasionally William Mitchell will invite candidates to become visiting scholars.

Application Process
Prospective visiting scholars must first submit an application using the Visiting Scholar Application 2013.  The application process includes the following:

  1. Resume / C.V. showing education and professional background.
  2. Personal statement, in English, of 500 to 1,000 words a) describing previous law study and professional experience; b) outlining the research and study plans for the scholarship; c) reasons for choosing William Mitchell; and d) any other relevant information.
  3. One letter of recommendation focused on academic ability, scholarship potential, motivation and self-discipline, and personal knowledge of the candidate’s academic or professional qualifications.
  4. Any necessary information required for VISA processing or other governmental approval (upon admission).  This could include original financial documents that show sufficient funds for the cost of living expenses connected to the program.  We will send additional information concerning the financial information once you are admitted to the program.
  5. Complete the application form.

All applicants accepted into the visiting scholars program are considered “in residence” scholars and are expected to conduct their proposed research at William Mitchell and not be enrolled in other academic programs.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2013, for proposed visits beginning after August 1, 2013; and September 15, 2013, for proposed visits beginning after January 1, 2014. Completed applications may be e-mailed to the address below or mailed to:

William Mitchell College of Law Visiting Scholar Program
Attn:  Jim Hilbert
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105 USA

Phone: 651.290.7507
Fax: 651-290-6414
Email: jim.hilbert@wmitchell.edu

The number of applications may exceed the number of scholars William Mitchell can accommodate.  A faculty committee reviews each application and takes into account each applicant’s academic background, research interests, scholarly achievements and English-language proficiency.  The committee normally makes its decisions shortly after the application deadline.

Research
Visiting scholars have access to a wealth of research services on the William Mitchell campus.  Most important, they have full use of the law library’s extensive collection of legal material, which includes US and other common law jurisdictions as well as the law of jurisdictions of the world, and an extensive collection of international and comparative law.  Visiting scholars may use the library any time the library is open.  They may borrow any regularly circulating material from the law library.

Due to space and budget restrictions, William Mitchell cannot guarantee offices or library carrels for visiting scholars.

Visiting scholars may be able to consult with law school faculty members in their specialized field of study, and they may audit law school classes with the professor’s permission.  Be aware, however, that academic credit is not given for audited courses.

Financial Aid
The law school does not have funds to assist visiting scholars with their living expenses, travel costs, or any other financial matters.  Visiting scholars are responsible for all of their expenses associated with the program.