Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAWS 924 Immigration Clinic



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 are expected to commit 16 hours a week to the fieldwork at CWJC for two sequential semesters. Students must enroll in a concurrent seminar during the first semester of the clinic. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 28 hours of law studies. Students must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAW 553 Evidence. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (4 experiential learning credits for each semester; total of 8 experiential learning credits for both semesters.)