Linkage Program


The informal law student exchange that Yale Law School operates with seven leading law schools in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile will resume in January 2023 when thirteen Latin American law students will visit YLS for three weeks at the start of the spring semester. 

Groups of Yale law students will visit Argentina, Brazil, or Chile for a similar period during our summer recess. No academic credit is involved; rather, the dual objectives of the program are improving knowledge of the imbrication of legal education and practice behind the evolution of democratic institutions in the participating countries and providing a space where lasting friendships among the next generation of those countries’ legal scholars and practitioners might take root. The law school covers the expenses of the program, which are minimized by relying on participants to host their counterparts, both here in New Haven and in South America.

We are currently looking for students willing to host a South American law student from approximately January 19 until February 9. All that the South American students require is enough space for an air mattress (which we can provide) and their belongings. The visiting students will have access to university dining halls for their meals. The program also covers reasonable incidental expenses that hosts may incur (obtaining a spare key, for example).

The application deadline for YLS students interested in going to one of the three destination countries is not coincidentally January 18, although students are encouraged to speak to the program coordinator during the fall semester to make sure they meet the program requirements (mainly proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese): Brad Hayes, reachable at bradley.hayes@yale.edu.

The application process is described in the sections on the separate programs on the right panel and in this guide.