The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel's Immigrants Rights Project (IRP). This 5 unit course is graded P/U/NC. Students spend four hours each week in the classroom and an additional 8 hours per week on casework at IRP offices. The classroom portion of the course will include both substantive immigration law topics that are related to the student's clinical work and skills training such as interviewing, research and writing declarations, fact development and some trial advocacy.
Students engage in tasks such as client intake; preparation of asylum petitions, applications for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victim of Trafficking and Violent Crime Prevention Act (VTVPA); and possibly appearances before the asylum office and the immigration court. The precise work conducted in any semester will depend on the clients who need representation, and the posture of their cases.
The Clinic is limited to 12 students on an application basis.
The Asylum Clinic is taught by Professors Judy London and Kristen Jackson
More information about Public Counsel's Immigrants Rights Project can be accessed by visting the Public Counsel Website.
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