The Cardozo School of Law hosts a modest Visiting Research Scholar program under which international scholars, practitioners, jurists and government officials visit the law school for a period of time that generally ranges from one month to one year. In addition, Cardozo hosts a small number of visiting doctoral and postdoctoral students to conduct research under the auspices of the Visiting Research Fellow program. Visitors take advantage of the rich resources of the law school and help enhance the diversity of the Cardozo community.
General Program Benefits
All visiting researchers enjoy access to the Cardozo Law Library, which holds more than 540,000 books, periodicals, microforms, and audio and video materials. The library also provides free computer use with internet access. The library card catalogue can be accessed through the library’s Web page. We regret that we cannot provide access to fee-based services such as Westlaw and Lexis.
Visiting researchers are invited to audit classes with the prior permission of the faculty member, and they are welcome to attend the many programs, activities and other public events that regularly take place at the law school.
Please note that Cardozo’s Visiting Researcher program is designed for visitors with independent research agendas. There is no compensation or secretarial support for visiting researchers. Further, due to severe space constraints, we are unable to provide visiting researchers with an office.
Visiting Research Scholars (Academics, Jurists, Practitioners and Government Officials):
Potential candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae, statement of their research plan (including the reasons for choosing Cardozo School of Law), proposed dates of stay, and letters of recommendation to Ziva Cohen, Associate Director of Admissions. Applicants for this program whose native language is not English should indicate their degree of fluency in English.
Visiting Research Fellows (Doctoral and Postdoctoral Students):
Potential candidates should submit all of the above items along with a letter of invitation from a Cardozo professor, to Ziva Cohen, Associate Director of Admissions.
The application schedule is below. Candidates are notified of their admission 30 days after the application deadlines.
Fall Term: Applications must be submitted by June 1.
Spring Term: Applications must be submitted by October 1.
Summer Term: Applications must be submitted by April 1.
Visitors are charged a program fee of $4,000 for each term (fall, spring, and/or summer) they are in residence. Program fees must be paid in full by credit card, check or cash upon or prior to arrival.
Visiting researchers wishing to obtain housing in the area should make arrangements well in advance of their arrival. Cardozo is unable to provide accommodation in campus housing and cannot assist in securing off-campus housing. Helpful short- and long-term housing information for international visitors may be found on the Metro International Web site.
Furnished apartment rentals utilized by other visitors to Cardozo have included the Chelsmore Apartments (on 17th Street and 7th Avenue) and Oakwood properties (various locations around Manhattan and Jersey City, New Jersey). The Webster, a residence in midtown Manhattan for working women, college interns and working college students, is also recommended by former researchers for its reasonable rates that include two meals daily.
Many visitors to New York have had success finding short-term apartment rentals by using Craigslist. Other Web sites that may be helpful include:
If necessary, Yeshiva University’s international student advisor can assist with obtaining a J-1 visa.
Although visiting scholars cannot apply for insurance coverage through Cardozo, the provider of Cardozo’s student health insurance plan (Academic HealthPlans) offers visiting scholars the opportunity to purchase insurance for themselves. Please note that this information is not provided as an endorsement of any particular provider; visiting scholars are encouraged to compare the plans offered by Academic HealthPlans with others they have been offered.
To request further information or to submit an application, please contact:
Ziva Cohen, Esq.
Associate Director of Admissions
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003
Direct: (212) 790-0248
Fax: (212) 790-0482
To view a list of some of our recent visitors, click here.