Each summer the Law School sponsors a student exchange with several universities in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Students involved in the Linkages Program focus on a wide range of areas including human rights, constitutional law, international law, and criminal law through participation in classes, meetings with professors, and workshops at universities in Buenos Aires, Santiago, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. In addition, students visit government institutions, meet with national authorities, and work with local NGOs. The students from Yale host the Latin American students in February and are in turn hosted by them in summer. The Law School pays the travel and living expenses for YLS students.
The twelve students who come in February are from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile and spend three weeks at Yale Law School. The academic components of the program include sitting in on law school activities such as classes and special lectures, meeting with professors individually or in small groups, presenting papers on current legal developments in the visitors' home countries, and trips to Washington DC and New York. These trips have included meetings with members of Congress, representatives of international organizations (such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States) and non-governmental organizations, and visits to law firms. Professors Cristina Rodriguez, Daniel Markovits, Owen Fiss, and Robert Burt direct the program.
The deadline for applying to the 2015 program is November 17, 2014 and we will begin planning events for the Latin American students' visit before the winter recess. To apply, a current résumé, a statement of interest detailing the relevance of the program to past experience and professional goals (no more than three double-spaced pages), and a current law school transcript (1L students are exempted from this requirement) need to be submitted to the program coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), whom you can also contact for answers to any questions you may have, including specific program activities, dates, funding, etc.
In photo: Students from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile drool over a few Latin American and civil law jewels from the YLS rare book collection.