Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW8616
    Sched. No.: 115210107

Immigration Law Clinic
Section 1
X
Ford, Douglas B.



Administrative Information:
During SIS enrollment, check on SIS for real-time enrollment numbers
Days, Times (Room):W, 1130-1330 (SL276)
Credits:4Type:Clinic
Capacity:6 **This information is current as of 12/19/2014 06:13:51 AM**
Current Enrollment:6 **This information is current as of 12/19/2014 06:13:51 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 has coordinated a community outreach effort. The seminars are designed to help students handle their clients and cases. Reading has been trimmed and further tailored to skills and law needed to work on Clinic cases, with some conceptual analyses included later in the seminar to place the cases in the larger framework of the law.

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 as well as asylum cases from Africa and Asia. 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.

NOTE: Clinic enrollment is via LawReg lottery and/or SIS during open enrollment periods - no application required and no prerequisite. Relevant course work and experience can be helpful, though not required.

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.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Interviews; investigations; counseling; organization and presentation of evidence, applications and/or legal briefs required by clients and potential clients


This course is on the professional skills course list.