Immigration Law Clinic - Spring 2015

Term: Spring Term 2014-15 (2154)
Catalog Number: 5880
Class Number: 21457
Room: LAW 120
Class Schedule:
Type: Clinic
Credits: 4.0
Catalog Requirements: PS
Enrollment Limit: 8
Priority: 3rd Year Priority when offered in the Fall, 2nd Year Priority when offered in the Spring

The Immigration Law Clinic is a two semester clinic. Students may enroll in either the spring or the fall semesters. 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 (for both semesters), thus nullifying the grade for the prior semester.  Students will receive 3 credits per semester.  

In the Immigration Clinic students represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. In representing clients under the supervision of the clinical professor, students perform all aspects of case preparation including interviewing clients, writing pleadings, appearing in Immigration Court, appearing before administrative agencies and managing post-relief issues. Clinic students also assist their clients in overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their clients' success in the U.S. legal system. Clients may include refugees, immigrant women and children survivors of domestic violence applying to change their status, persons with criminal convictions who seek relief from removal from the United States and other immigrant populations.

Students are also expected to collaborate with community based organizations that serve the foreign born population in the city.

Grading Details

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.