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Columbia’s M.A. Program in Regional Studies-Latin America and the Caribbean

In Academic,Latin America,NLLSA,Universities on February 13, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , , ,

The 1-year interdisciplinary M.A. program in Regional Studies—Latin America and the Caribbean (MARSLAC) at Columbia University provides a broad social science-based approach to modern and contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. The curriculum combines core seminars on region-specific scholarship and research with the opportunity to take courses in different disciplines throughout Columbia University.

During the first semester, students obtain solid foundations in the most relevant scholarship on key issues of contemporary Latin America (democratization, rule of law, urban development, environmental change, trade and immigration, gender relations, cultural expression of diversity, among others). In the second semester they hone research methodologies and the critical use of scholarship in order to develop their own projects and complete an M.A. thesis.

The program is ideal for both professionals seeking regional knowledge and students intending to pursue a Ph.D. and prepares graduates for careers in government, public policy, non-profit organizations, journalism, education, the private sector, and academia.

For more information about MARSLAC, please visit or contact The deadline to apply for the fall semester is Friday, April 1, 2011.



The American DREAM

In Academic,DREAM Act,Immigration,Jobs,Latin America,Legislation,Mexico,NLLSA,Politics,Supreme Court,U.S. Government on August 21, 2010 by nllsachair

From a recent article on the Huffington Post’s website written on behalf of NLLSA:

Given the increasing importance of a college education, it’s finally time for Congress to end this absurdity and pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (“DREAM Act”). The DREAM Act, a bipartisan proposal, would provide qualifying students the opportunity to go to college or enlist in the military. To qualify an immigrant must have lived continuously in the United States for five years or more, have good moral character, and either earn a two-year degree from an accredited college or serve at least two years in the U.S. military within a six-year span.

If passed, the DREAM Act would restore every student’s right to finish her studies and to continue dreaming.


Indeed, immigrant students who go to college later step into higher-paying jobs, increasing our tax revenue and consumer spending. This is a win-win for America: more education and more jobs.

Read the full piece here.


Registration Open for 2010 NLLSA Moot Court Competition at Yale Law School

In Academic,Immigration,Latin America,NLLSA,Politics,Sotomayor,Supreme Court,U.S. Government on July 2, 2010 by nllsachair

September 30 – October 2, 2010

Yale Law School

New Haven, CT

May the Immigration and Nationality Act impose different residency requirements on unwed citizen-fathers as compared to unwed citizen mothers whose foreign-born children seek derivative citizenship?

Latina/o law students from around the country will try to answer that question during the annual NLLSA Moot Court Competition this October at Yale Law School.

The Moot Court question is now ready for release.  Registration forms can be found here. More info after the jump. Read More »


Don’t Call This a War on Drugs

In Academic,Foreign Policy,Immigration,Latin America,Mexico,Politics,U.S. Government on June 22, 2010 by nllsachair

From the Huffington Post:

What War is Mexico Fighting?

While Mexican President Felipe Calderon has received endless plaudits for his strong stance against drug cartels, the United States has been blamed for doing too little to curb the violence, even though it is the biggest market for drugs. As the violence enters its fourth year, many fault American drug users for providing the cash incentive for cartels, and the American gun market for providing the cartels’ firepower. The consensus is that the United States must reform its drug laws and tighten its gun laws for the violence to subside. In fact, Calderon himself recently took the U.S. to task, blaming America for his country’s woes. But Calderon’s much-vaunted crackdown has been terribly misunderstood by both sides… Read More »


Community Development Project Seeks Legal Fellowship Sponsorees – applications due July 2nd

In Academic,Jobs,NLLSA on June 2, 2010 by nllsachair

The Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship by the Community Development Project (CDP) for fellowship opportunities for employment in the fall of 2011 (applications due fall 2010).

The Community Development Project is seeking prospective third-year law students and recent law graduates currently in clerkships or with clerkships beginning in the fall to sponsor for public interest fellowships, including the Skadden, Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship and the Liman Fellowship.  We are looking for fellowship applicants interested in providing legal services in our areas of work, as described below, but are particularly interested in a project focused on consumer debt. Read More »


The Magnificent Migrants

In Academic,Foreign Policy,Immigration,Jobs,Latin America,Mexico,NLLSA,Politics,superheroes on June 1, 2010 by nllsachair

Superman: NOE REYES from the State of Puebla works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn New York. He sends home $500 a week.

Dulce Pinzón just published a great photo essay on where he pictures migrants from Mexico in superhero costumes.  Here’s his explanation:

I saw a Spiderman costume in a store in November 2001, and that’s when everything came together in my head. Comic-book superheroes have an alter ego, and so do immigrants in the United States. They may be insignificant or even invisible to much of society, but they are heroes in their homelands.

And here are some samples.  You can find the entire essay here.  Trust me, it’s definitely worth it. More images after the jump. Read More »


The Cooley Godward Kronish Diversity Fellowship

In Academic,Jobs,NLLSA on April 16, 2010 by nllsachair

As part of Cooley Godward Kronish’s ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding law students. First-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity in their communities are invited to apply for the fellowships. Award recipients will receive a paid Summer Associate position and an award of up to $15,000 to assist with law school tuition. Award recipients will be announced in Fall 2010 with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient’s 2L year.


We welcome applications from all law students who meet these eligibility criteria:

  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the community
  • Enrolled full-time in an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2012 at the time of application
  • Not the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011
  • In order to receive the fellowship, an applicant must commit to joining the Firm’s Summer Associate Program following the applicant’s 2L year


Recipients will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
  • Excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance
  • Personal achievement
  • Leadership ability
  • Community service
  • Commitment to joining Cooley’s 2011 Summer Associate Program


Applications can be submitted online. Applications must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A personal statement, no longer than 3 double-spaced pages, describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
  • Current resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Other graduate program transcript(s)
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references

In supporting some of the country’s most promising law school students, Cooley’s Diversity Fellowship program is committed to cultivating a diverse community of cultures and viewpoints among its attorneys and the legal profession in general.

Koji Fukumura
Partner, Chair of Cooley’s Diversity Committee

For more details on the application process, deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit