Course - Law

Completion of one year of law school.

Recommended Courses:

For all students: Immigration Law; For 6-unit students: Evidence, Legal Profession, Basic Trial


This in-house clinic provides students with the opportunity to assist directly and (if taken for 4 or 6 units) to represent immigrants.  All students participate in a clinic for immigrant workers in which they conduct interviews, help workers evaluate their options, and, in some cases, provide brief services.  Services provided include negotiations with employers, assistance with filing charges with agencies that enforce employment laws (EEOC, NLRB, State Wage Commissioner, etc), and referrals.   In addition, 4 unit students may assist immigrants in affirmative applications for asylum or visas for victims of domestic violence or crime. 


Six unit students will also work in pairs to represent one immigrant detained in Eloy, Arizona, in a deportation defense case.  Typically, the client will be a legal permanent resident seeking a humanitarian waiver of removal, a political asylum applicant, or a victim of battery or other abuse.  Students will represent their client in immigration court at the detention center.  The students will prepare all aspects of the case, including brief-writing, preparing and conducting direct and cross examination of the client and witnesses, and closing argument. (Note: this will involve several trips to the detention center over the course of the semester).    


The minimum time commitment is 50 hours per unit.



Immigration and Nationality Act; Immigration Law Clinic Training Manual

Course Format

Initial 8-10 hour training followed by biweekly sessions of 1.25 hours each.  Students go to the local immigration court early in the semester to observe proceedings and record observations.  Students participate in the Immigrant Workers Project legal clinics on several Wednesday evenings from approximately 5 pm to 7:30 p.m.  All students engage in follow-up work with clients on their own time.  Six-unit students should reserve Friday mornings for client interviews in Eloy.

Written Assignments

Legal writing (e.g., motions and briefs) assigned as necessary for casework.  Students must also complete a few worksheets associated with the classroom component.   

Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Students are evaluated based on the quality of their casework and their participation in the classroom component. There are no exams.

Additional Comments

Limited to four 6-unit students.  Fluent Spanish speakers preferred. Professors’ approval required prior to enrollment.

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