Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAWE 924 Immigration Clinic and Seminar



Course Description

Selected students work in the office of the Central West Justice Center (CWJC) a subsidiary of Community Legal Aid), a private, non-profit organization that provides civil legal assistance to poor people and elders. Under the supervision of CWJC staff attorneys, students will work on humanitarian immigration cases, including applications for asylum for individuals fleeing persecution, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, relief under the Violence against Women Act for survivors of domestic violence, and U visas for crime victims. Students will interview clients and witnesses, prepare affidavits, assist in gathering documentary evidence, and research and write legal memoranda. Students may also conduct intake interviews with clients at community clinics. Students also attend a combined weekly seminar with the Legal Aid Clinic students. Prerequisites: The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. Successful completion of LAWE 910 Skills Seminar and LAW 553 Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. Students are selected through the clinic application process. This clinic is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 5 experiential learning credits.)