Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic
Train & Representation
Asylum Training & Representation
Yearlong: 9 credits (3 credits in fall, 6 credits in spring)
This module provides you with the opportunity to represent clients who have fled to the United States from their homelands for fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Under faculty supervision, you represent asylum seekers in both affirmative asylum applications filed with the Asylum Office and in full hearings before the Immigration Court. As part of asylum representation, the clinic partners with the Kovler Center for Treatment of Survivors of Torture. Students and the client's legal team are paired with student therapists and a mental health team to provide the best possible representation and support to asylum seekers who have experienced lifethreatening trauma.
Immigration Training & Representation
Fall semester: 3 credits
A product of the Legal Resources Project for Immigrant Service Providers, this module offers you the opportunity to represent individuals seeking lawful immigration status in the United States. Under faculty supervision, you consult with community-based organization partners on legal and strategic issues and assist low-income immigrants and refugees in accessing rights and pursuing remedies. Other projects include providing technical assistance to community-based organizations that provide immigration legal services, training staff in these organizations, conducting legal research, and representing clients seeking various remedies under immigration law.
Advanced Immigrant Detainee
Spring semester: 3 credits
In this module, experienced students work in teams to provide direct representation to individuals facing removal proceedings while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, and are responsible for preparing and presenting the case in Immigration Court. Case types include defenses to deportation based on length of residence or family ties in the United States as well as waivers for prior criminal conduct.