The CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STUDIES, in cooperation with law faculties in Eastern Europe, the former republics of the Soviet Union, and select universities in Asia and Africa will offer short-term appointments to highly experienced lawyers. Such a "Senior lawyer" has at least 15 years of significant practice experience in the area in which he or she proposes to lecture. Most applicants come from Common Law jurisdictions, but not exclusively.
Since 2006, almost 1000 teaching assignments have been made for 400 senior lawyers who have enrolled in the program.
These faculty appointments are not remunerated, the appointees are responsible for their travel arrangement and cost, and will need to pay a placement fee to CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STUDIES for its services (costs may be tax deductible). Each host university will provide guidance finding lodging and some may even be able to provide accommodation (in a faculty apartment or dorm). An online orientation is mandatory prior to assumption of the appointment.
The term of teaching may be from two to six weeks.
The length of appointment and dates of teaching are subject to negotiation between the appointee and the host university. Assignments are mostly during spring and autumn, but the occasional summer or winter assignment exists as well.
The subject areas are not limited. The purpose of the seminars will be to introduce particular areas of (Common Law) legal systems to the law students and junior faculty of the host university.
Due to COVID and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the program has been on hiatus. As of 1 May 2023, we have had some host universities accept placements for 2024. Applications for 2025 will be accepted in due course.
Please review and read the FAQ and Teaching Tips before taking up an assignment.
Interactive map shows green markers for institutions that have agreed to host Visiting Professors for 2023 and 2024.