University of Pittsburgh
Term: Spring Term 2010-11
Catalog Number: 5881
Class Schedule:
  • T 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
  • Instructor: Sheila I. Velez Martinez
    Type: Clinic
    Credits: 3.0 Credits (2.0 classroom contact, 1.0 field)
    Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.
    Enrollment Limit: 8.

    Enrollment in this course requires special permission. See the note below or contact the Registrar for more information.

    Fall 2010: 4 students; Spring 2011: 8 students

    Priority: Departmental Consent

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5881

    Additional Info

    Credits for the clinic are allocated to the classroom contact hours (2 credits of seminar per semester) and supervised field work (2 field hours of credit is equal to 104 hours of client work).

    During the first semester the Clinic will address substantive aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as other applicable national and international law as well as advocacy and lawyering skills relevant to students' work at the clinic. Second semester students will not attend the weekly 2 hour classroom session but instead will devote significantly more time to effective case management and client representation before the Immigration Court and other agencies, and engage in other assigned clinic related work such as client interviewing and outreach activities. Second semester students will attend the weekly case supervision meetings.

    The community based organizations with which the Clinic will collaborate include Jewish Family & Children's Service and the Latino Family Center, among others.


    Students will receive a grade at the conclusion of each semester, however, in the event that a student does not complete the second semester the student shall receive a W for the course, thus nullifying the grade for the prior semester. Students will receive 3 credits per semester.

    Each student will receive a letter grade based on some or all of the following factors:

    • Participation in classes and case rounds meetings, 
    • Ability to work effectively with clients,
    • Commitment and case management
    • Litigation and advocacy skills
    • Research skills and demonstrated knowledge of the applicable law
    • Professionalism before the court, community organizations and peers.

    Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

    Prerequisites: LAW 5103: Evidence.

    Immigration Law or instructor's permission; attendance at a clinic pre-registration informational session is required. Fluency in languages other than English, experience with community work.

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