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Credits for the clinic are allocated to the classroom contact hours (2 credits of clinic per semester) and supervised field work (1 field hour of credit is equal to 52 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 4 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