The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. Students will spend approximately four hours each week in the classroom and an additional minimum of eight hours per week on casework at Public Counsel, near downtown Los Angeles. The exact percentage of time in the classroom and time working on cases will be determined during the semester.
The classroom portion of the course will focus on skills training such as interviewing, researching and writing declarations and briefs, fact development and some trial advocacy as well as working with survivors of torture and trauma. We also plan to host guest speakers and to bring students to both the Los Angeles Immigration Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to observe immigration proceedings.
At Public Counsel, the students’ clinical work will involve extensive client contact towards the goal of filing applications for asylum under the supervision of Public Counsel’s attorneys. Students likely will appear before the Los Angeles Asylum Office in Anaheim, and may appear before the Los Angeles Immigration Court. The precise work conducted during the semester will depend on the clients who need representation and the posture of their cases.
Enrollment preference may be given to those students who have already completed a basic immigration law course. Students should be free to work a full eight-hour day at Public Counsel each Friday during the semester. Students in this six-unit course will be graded.
More information about Public Counsel's Immigrants Rights Project is available on the Public Counsel Website. You can also visit the Public Counsel's YouTube Channel