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Immigration Law Clinic

Clinic Requirements

(Note: A more thorough discussion of the requirements is contained in the Clinic's Training Manual)

Students can take the clinic for 2, 4, or 6 units of credit. The law school requires 50 hours of work for each credit of a clinical course. All students participate in an initial 8-10 hour training before the semester begins. In addition, all students attend the classroom component of the clinic, which meets for 1.5 hours twice a week. The classroom component is partly a skills seminar (covering topics such as interviewing, brief writing, and preparing for trial) and partly a seminar in advanced topics in immigration law. Issues students confront in their casework are integrated into the classroom discussions so that students may learn from each others' experiences and explore legal and practical issues in context. Six-unit students attend additional classroom sessions focused on trial preparation until the end of the semester.

All students participate in the Wednesday evening consultations for 8 to 10 weeks of the semester. Two- and four-unit students engage in additional hours of follow-up advocacy work on behalf of the Wednesday clinic clients. Examples of follow up work include drafting a motion to reopen an immigrant's case at the Board of Immigration Appeals, negotiating on behalf of restaurant workers to recover unpaid wages, and helping a US citizen prepare and file paperwork to immigrate his or her relative.

In addition, six unit students represent immigrants in removal proceedings in pairs. Each pair represents one immigrant in his or her deportation case. If the immigrant is detained, this may involve several trips to meet with the clients in Eloy Detention Center, over the course of the semester.


Most deportation cases culminate in a "merits" hearing before an Immigration Judge at the end of semester. In preparation for this hearing, the student teams conduct all necessary legal and factual research, prepare and file briefs and supporting documents in advance of the hearing, prepare witnesses to testify in court, and represent the client in the hearing.

All students also prepare for and attend regularly scheduled individual case meetings with the Clinic's directors. The purpose of these case meetings is to develop and review case action plans; ensure thorough preparation and evaluation of all options in casework; and examine ethical, moral, cultural, and legal issues that arise in the course of working on behalf of our clients.

In addition to attending class and completing the required number of hours per credit, students must complete all responsibilities they have undertaken on behalf of the Clinic's clients, and must complete all paperwork necessary to complete case files.



Last Updated: 08/06/2012