Apply for the Visiting Scholars Program


Please submit your application by November 15, 2020 


The Center for the Study of Law and Society invites applications for visiting scholars for 2021-2022. The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law. Closely linked to the School of Law, CSLS creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, law and psychology, and legal and social philosophy, along with visiting socio-legal scholars from the United States and around the world.  U.C. Berkeley faculty members affiliated with the Center include Kathryn Abrams, K.T. Albiston, Kenneth Bamberger, Eric Biber, Irene Bloemraad, Anne Bloom, Mark Brilliant, R. Ben Brown, Kitty Calavita, Erwin Chemerinsky, Marianne Constable, Robert Cooter, Lauren B. Edelman, Samera Esmeir, Sean Farhang, Malcolm M. Feeley, Catherine Fisk, Neil Fligstein,  Marion Fourcade, Cybelle Fox, Sean Gailmard, David Harding, Heather Haveman, Kinch Hoekstra, Rucker C. Johnson, Nikki Jones, Robert A. Kagan, Sonia Katyal, Erin Kerrison, Christopher Kutz, Armando Lara-Millan, Taeku Lee, Amy Lerman, David Lieberman, Katerina Linos, Kristin Luker, Jonathan Marshall, Charles J. McClain, Jr., Rebecca McClennan, Justin McCrary, Joy Milligan, Saira Mohamed, Calvin Morrill, Melissa Murray, Setsuo Miyazawa, Laura Nader, Osagie Obasogie, Anne Joseph O’Connell, Angela Onwuachi-Willis, Dylan Penningroth, Beth Piatote, Victoria Plaut, Kevin Quinn, Steven Raphael, Russell Robinson, Bertrall Ross, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, James Rule, Harry N. Scheiber, Susan Schweik, Martin Shapiro, Jonathan Simon, Jennifer Skeem, Sandra Smith, Steven Davidoff Solomon, Sarah Song, Rachel Stern, Karen Tani, Margaret Taylor, Christopher Tomlins, David Vogel, Leti Volpp, Charles Weisselberg, David Winickoff, Chris Zepeda-Millán and Franklin E. Zimring.

Among the benefits of being a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society are: library privileges at the Law School and at all campus libraries; invitation to our weekly CSLS Speaker Series, workshops, and scholarly exchanges; UCB campus privileges, such as athletic facilities and permission to audit classes; and, when possible, assignment to shared or other office space and use of computer, internet, and other facilities.


CSLS Visiting Scholar Application Requirements
(in addition to Campus and Federal requirements) 


1. Applicants normally must possess a Ph.D. or J.D. (or foreign equivalent).

2. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae.

3. Applicants must submit a letter describing their proposed program of research or study,  specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Center.  Applicants must pursue a program of research or study which is of mutual interest to faculty members at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. The applicant should explain how the proposed program of research or study addresses one or more of the three themes that are the focus of CSLS scholarship: (1) criminal justice, (2) inequality, (3) democracy and civil society.

4. International applicants must indicate their source of funding while visiting Berkeley, e.g. sabbatical pay, scholarship, government funding, personal funds, etc. Unfortunately, the Center cannot offer stipends or other financial assistance. Monthly minimum requirements for foreign exchange scholars are: $1800 per month for the J-1 scholar, $500 per month for the J-2 spouse, $300 per month for each J-2 child. More information can be found here

5. Applicants must be proficient in English in order to benefit from CSLS programs. UC Berkeley requires all international scholars to provide documentation of English language proficiency. This can be shown through the following ways:

• A recognized English language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
• Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school
• A documented interview conducted either in-person or by video-conferencing, or by telephone if video-conferencing is not a viable option.

For more information regarding English language requirements, please contact the Berkeley International Office at 510-642-2818 or

The Center will consider applications for periods of time that vary from one semester duration to the full academic year. 


More here on Pre-Arrival Requirements mandated by the UC *

More here on UC and Federal Requirements for International Visitors *


For extended fees list, click here
*Fees are subject to change.*


Foreign Visitors (DS-2019) fee*
Beginning October 1, 2020 there is an assessment of $700 charged for the application processing of a DS-2019 document needed to secure a J-1 visa ($600 to BIO), international mailing and departmental fees ($100).

Payment page, here


Berkeley campus fee (University Services Fee)*

Each visiting scholar or visiting student researcher is required to pay an annual University Service Fee of $750 or $1,000, respectively, for the first year of their appointment to the Berkeley Campus to obtain a campus ID card and to have access to the Berkeley Libraries and University facilities. This fee is collected by the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs office (VSPA) and paid online.  

For Visiting Scholars who wish to stay for a second year, the fee will increase to $1,500, and for Visiting Student Researchers requesting a 2nd year reappointment period the fee will rise to $2,500

Payment page, here. More information, here

Beginning August 1, 2019, Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers will be required to pay their University Services Fee up front, in order to receive their appointment letter. Please note that any applications currently in process before August 1 may be completed using the current process of collecting fees upon onboarding.


CSLS fee*
Since 2011-2012, each visiting scholar has been required to pay a fee to CSLS. 

For those accepted to the CSLS visiting scholar program prior to the 2021-22 Academic Year, the CSLS fee is $200 per semester or part of a semester and does not apply to visiting student researchers.

For the visiting scholars accepted for the 2021-22 academic year, the CSLS fee will be $1,000 per semester or part of semester.
For the visiting student researchers accepted for the 2021-22 academic year, the CSLS fee will $500 per semester or part of semester. 

Payment page, here


*All fees and paperwork are required and non-negotiable.*
*Fees subject to change.*
For extended fees list, click here


Please submit your application by November 15, 2020 by e-mail 


Inquiries may be made to CSLS at


We are planning for in-person programming for 2021-22, however there may be a need to shift to remote participation due to COVID-19.
If you are accepted for the 2021-22 academic year, deferrals will not be allowed, but you are invited to reapply for the following academic year, should you need to cancel your appointment. 


CSLS Fellowship in Chinese Law and Society

This Fellowship is meant to support outstanding Chinese legal scholars and teachers conducting empirical research on the Chinese legal system who wish to spend a period in residence at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law.

The Center for the Study of Law and Society will not be soliciting applications for the 2021-22 academic year due to COVID-19. 

To view the previous fellowship application requirements and details, click here.