Immigration Law Clinic

Section 1, Spring 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 4/6
Credits: 4

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.

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any): None

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Students enrolled in this course while also participating in a clinic must submit a form to SRO reflecting written authorization from both clinic directors to remain enrolled.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

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