Yale Law School Latin American Linkage Program

Latin American Linkages Exchange

Application deadline for Yale Law School students: December 1, 2023

The informal law student exchange that Yale Law School maintains with seven leading law schools in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile resumed last January 2023 when nine law students from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile spent three weeks at Yale Law School at the start of the spring semester. They lived with Yale law students and spent their days sitting in on classes and special lectures, meeting with faculty, lawyers, and student leaders. They gave presentations on important legal questions currently debated in their countries and learned about the history of legal education in the United States, the role Yale has played in that history, and how it has affected the practice of law itself in the United States. 

Groups of Yale law students will spend three weeks in Argentina, Brazil, or Chile this summer. They will also live with law students and spend their days learning about the relationship between legal education and practice in their host country. No academic credit is involved; rather, the dual objectives of the program are improving, on one hand, the participants' knowledge of legal education and practice and the evolution of and challenges facing democratic institutions in the destination country and, on the other, providing a space where lasting friendships among the next generation of leading legal scholars and practitioners might take root. 

Applying to the Program:

To apply to the program, submit to the program coordinator (bradley.hayes@yale.edu) a statement of interest, a current resume, and a law school transcript (1Ls need not include a transcript) by December 1, 2023. 

The statement of interest should not exceed 850 words and briefly address the following questions: What is your primary motivation for applying to the Linkage Program? What previous experience abroad do you have? More specifically, are there specific issues relevant in Argentina, Brazil, or Chile that interest you? How might participating in the program assist you reach academic, professional, and/or personal goals? How do you think you might contribute to making the program, both the U.S. and South American legs, more rewarding for the other participants? Please also include some basic information: What is your preferred country and how strong is that preference? How well do you speak Spanish or Portuguese? How many academic commitments outside of classes (i.e., clinics, journals, T.A., R.A., etc.) do you estimate you will have next semester?

Do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator, bradley.hayes@yale.edu, with any doubts or questions.

Below: the 2023 Latin American Linkage participants from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile with Cesar Zapata of the Lillian Goldman Law Library.