The Immigration Clinic collaborates with local nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community advocates to identify foster children in need of immigration services. The clinic also provides legal advice and referral at events organized by community agencies, non-profits and elected officials.
These services include:
- Immigration Petitions for Special Juvenile Status (SIJ)
- Naturalization through adoption by a US Citizen or for children who previously obtained lawful permanent status through SIJ
- Retrieval of immigration documents or records to establish immigration status
- General information sessions on immigration
The foster children are represented by certified limited practice students, who are mentored by Professor Evelyn H. Cruz, the clinic’s faculty director.
Students who participate in the clinic are able to:
- Represent abused, neglected, abandoned children in immigration proceedings and state dependency
- Draft motions, briefs, legal correspondence, closing statements, and direct examination questions
- Provide brief consultations at legal fairs to individuals with immigration law questions
- Research law and country conditions, interview and prepare experts/witnesses, investigate and document case facts
New Immigration Clinic Students must enroll in two graded courses:
Immigration Clinical Skills (3 Units): The objectives of this course are to train you how to perform legal skills that lawyers use to represent clients before administrative courts. These skills include client interviewing, cross-cultural communication, legal research, administrative and court filing procedures, persuasive legal writing. In addition, this course trains you on Administrative and non-jury trial techniques.
Immigration Clinical Practice (3 Units): The objective of this course is to provide you the opportunity to represent a client(s). YOU ARE THE ATTORNEY. The clinic faculty and clinic coordinator will provide you with support and guidance through one-on-one mentorship and group case round meetings, but you bear primary responsibility for your case. Students are expected to work 135 hours over the semester on activities such as client interviews, meetings with clinic faculty, staff, and other students to discuss their cases, conducting factual and legal case research, participating in outreach activities, performing file maintenance, drafting correspondence, as well as preparing immigration applications and filings.
Returning Immigration Clinic Students need instructor permission to enroll for an additional semester and receive one to two pass/fail credits. Returning students are expected to help with class moots, provide mentorship to new students, and to assist with clinic cases and any needed research..
Student Applications Dates for Clinic:
Applications: September 23rd through October 23rd, 2020
Offers extended to students: October 30, 2020
Student acceptances due: November 2nd, 2020 by 5 pm
Application period: January TBA - February TBA, 2021
Offers extended to students: February TBA, 2021
Student acceptances due: February TBA, 2021
**IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, Clinics – Students who have applied for a clinic and have been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted a clinic offered, any student who drops the clinic without prior approval by the dean’s designee will be subject to the 12-month ban.