Immigration Law & Policy Clinic

SLN #: 82071
Course Prefix: LAW-778
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Cruz

Course Description:
The Immigration Law & Policy Clinic is a live-client clinic where students represent immigrants, particularly children, in immigration proceedings before the Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS), state dependency court, and the immigration courts. The clinic classroom component exposes students to traditional trial techniques (witness examination, brief writing, closing arguments,etc) and training on representation of diverse populations, including units on working with translators, cross-cultural representation, and multi-cultural sensitivities. The clinic's litigation component requires students to work with statutes, cases, and international sources. Students also collaborate with psychologists, social workers, translators, and experts to develop their motions, briefs, and witness examinations. Finally, students engage in community lawyering projects such as community education and policy research.

NOTE: Please see the Clinical Program website for more details.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Numeric Grade or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: As needed for case
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: There are no class pre-requisites and Spanish is NOT required.
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes, the last day to withdraw without special permission from the Executive Director of the Clinical Program is 2 weeks prior to the first seminar class.
Limited Enrollment Number: 6 - Must submit a statement of intent to professor prior to being permitted to enroll.
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: None
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.