Application Process

This program is open to a limited number of applicants each year. Applicants must be non-U.S. professionals in law, government, or business.

To apply for the program, the following materials are required. All submitted documents must be originals, in English:

  1. A completed application;
  2. A certified, translated law school transcript or transcripts from other schools attended;
  3. A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  4. A one to two page statement of purpose;
  5. A brief research proposal;
  6. At least one letter of recommendation;
  7. An official English language competency test score submitted directly from the reporting agency. Accepted English language proficiency exams are TOEFL (minimum score of 75 on internet-based test), or IELTS (minimum score of 6.0 on academic test). Alternatively, the Program's Faculty Director may conduct in English a telephonic interview of approximately 30 minutes with the applicant;
  8. A non-refundable US $150 application fee.
  9. Accepted participants must submit a non-refundable US $500 deposit by June 1 preceding the fall program start date or November 1 preceding the spring program start date to hold a place in the program. This deposit will be credited toward the total cost of the program.

All documentation required to obtain a Form DS-2019 Certificate of Visa Eligibility will need to provided upon admission to the program (please see the Visa Status section below for financial certification details).

Please submit all program application materials to the following address:

Office of Graduate and International Programs
University of San Diego School of Law
Warren Hall, Room 207
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492 USA
Tel. (+1-619) 260-7584

For priority consideration, all application materials must be received no later than May 1 preceding the August start date or October 1 preceding the January start date

This program is conditioned upon adequate enrollment. The University reserves the right to cancel the fall program for a given year by June 1 preceding the August start date and the spring program by November 1 preceding the January start date. In such case, the University will refund deposits from accepted scholars, but shall have no obligation to secure other scholar or program placements for such program's applicants. 


Office of Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
Phone: (619) 260-7584
Fax: (619) 260-4515


M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Program Completion Ceremony:

Congratulations to our scholars!

Certificates were recently awarded to scholars who completed the 90-day program.  All scholars were sponsored by the government of South Korea and represented a large number of Ministries, Commissions, and other government agencies. They engaged in various areas of legal research under the supervision of USD law faculty. The ceremony was attended by supervising faculty and program director Professor John Forry.

Group Photo