Immigration Law & Policy Clinic

SLN #: 14536
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. Students should be available either Monday or Friday mornings for court.

This course fulfills the professional skills requirement for graduation.

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

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: As needed for case
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: There are no class pre-requisites and Spanish is NOT required
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes. Because of administrative considerations and professional obligations to courts and clients, no student pre-registered for a clinical offering shall be allowed to drop the clinic later than one month preceding the first day of classes, or to add the clinic, unless approval is obtained from the Director of the Clinical Program.
Limited Enrollment Number: 6 - Must fill out questioner available at clinic webpage prior to enrollment
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term Or Other Exam: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: None
Participation Points: No
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.