Visiting ​Research Associates

The University of San Diego School of Law offers a select group of Visiting Research Associates the opportunity to conduct research and participate in program presentations, colloquiums, and events at the law school during the visit period.

Only international professors (limited to full-time academics currently affiliated with an international university) who wish to conduct research in San Diego for an extended period of time (one semester or a year) are eligible to apply for this program.

Research Resources

As one of the premier academic law libraries in the country, the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC) supports the educational and research needs of the law school community. In addition to a robust print collection, the LRC provides access to numerous online databases that support both legal and interdisciplinary research.

As a Visiting Research Associate, you will have full access to our print collection, in addition to most of our online databases, to the extent that access is allowed by our vendor license agreements.  You will also be able to consult with our highly-skilled and deeply experienced team of professional librarians and staff who can help you locate the resources that you need.  

Program Costs and Requirements

  • Subject to availability and visa requirements.
  • Applicants are required to cover the program cost of $5,000 for the period of their requested visit, which can be no more than one year.
  • An official English language competency test score submitted directly from the reporting agency. Accepted English Language proficiency exams of TOEFL (minimum score of 75 on internet-based test), or IELTS (minimum score of 6.0 on academic test).  
  • The law school must have a faculty member that is available and able to work with the visitor in the research area.


For more information, please contact:

Senior Director of Graduate, International and Certificate Programs
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110 USA
Phone: (619) 260-5980