Immigration Law Clinic
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.
*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.