Immigration Law Clinic (YR)
Section 1, Fall 22
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Students will be responsible for individual immigration cases which range in complexity and urgency. All students will be tasked with investigating their cases, maintaining contact with their clients, briefing their cases and potentially representing their clients in immigration court. Seminars are narrowly 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 all available legal mechanisms. The Clinic will focus on complicated cases for humanitarian relief, removal defense, and impact cases arising out of emerging areas of the law.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Applications, declarations, and legal briefs as needed for representation(s).
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: Immigration Law and Policy (LAW 7042) is a recommended pre- or co-requisite.
Mutually Exclusive With: Immigration Law Clinic (8616)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: There is not an application process for this clinic; students enroll via the course enrollment lottery or the "Add/Drop" process thereafter. The Clinic will meet as a group at LAJC’s office (1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A) during the scheduled course time for seminar. IMPORTANT: All clinic participants must attend an “Orientation to Law Clinics at LAJC” session at the start of the semester. This session will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. It will be held on Monday, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the spring semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, CR, NC, H, P, and F grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Human Rights and Civil Liberties, International and National Security Law, Litigation and Procedure, Public Policy and Regulation
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM