Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW8616
    Sched. No.: 114219064

Immigration Law Clinic
Section 1
Ford, Douglas B.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1130-1330 (SL268)
Capacity:6 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**
Current Enrollment:4 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**

Course Description:

Students will have multiple clients as well as other responsibilities relating to the Clinic’s public service mission. Each student will handle at least one complicated case involving extensive client contact and legal briefing. The Immigration Law Clinic, a partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center, is more than free counsel for qualifying clients, but also a community service providing an orientation to basic rights and available services to walk-ins and the wider community. For example, the Clinic not only is taking some of the new “Dreamer” cases of undocumented youth, but coordinated a community outreach effort.

Clients come from diverse backgrounds and frequently have unusual factual scenarios that bring them to the doors of Legal Aid. Students will be expected to work with the clients and understand what they want and what we can pursue for them through available legal mechanisms. Women victims of violence are a priority with the Clinic and can qualify for asylum and other special remedies such as Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U visa petitions. We currently have several so-called gang asylum cases from Central America. In another category of cases, we have clients appealing denials of applications for status, clients appealing for special categorization or procedures and clients who have cases complicated by past criminal or immigration history.

Application Instructions: Interested students please apply with a resume, a paragraph on their interest and relevant experience [including languages, especially Spanish] and preferred semester via email to Doug Ford at dford@virginia.edu. For further detail, see course description or clinic application page on the website or contact Doug Ford if questions remain.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped.
ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE or CONCURRENT: Immigration Law or Refugee Law and Policy. Students with significant experience in the refugee or immigration fields may seek a waiver.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Interviews; investigations; counseling; organization and presentation of evidence, applications and/or legal briefs required by clients and potential clients

Prerequisites:Immigration Law or Refugee Law and Policy. Students with significant experience in the refugee or immigration fields may seek a waiver.
This course is on the professional skills course list.