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Asylum and Refugee Clinic

Yearlong: 3 credits (+6 credits in spring)

Students in the two semester Clinic learn about US immigration law and practice, with a particular focus on US asylum law. Students have the opportunity to learn about and practice factual investigation and analysis, legal research, drafting and client interviewing and counseling. Additionally students have the opportunity to hear from experts in working with survivors of trauma.

Students assist Clinic clients in presenting their asylum claims before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court and other immigration matters. In the spring semester students research, prepare materials and present on a substantive immigration law topic to staff of immigrant serving community-based organizations. Students also are provided with the opportunity to observe Immigration Court hearings.

Examples of matters in which students are involved include witness preparation, presenting claims before the Immigration Court or before the Asylum Office, interviewing and counseling clients, preparing asylum applications, drafting affidavits, securing corroborating evidence, drafting trial memoranda, and consulting with experts, assisting clients in filing for immigration benefits and researching inadmissibility and deportability grounds.

“Unlike in the traditional classroom, the Clinic provides students the opportunity to work directly with clients to build their asylum cases. You conduct interviews with the client to hear about his/her experiences in the home country. You write an affidavit illustrating those experiences and fears. You conduct research on what is happening in his/her home country. You collect documents to support the client’s story. You speak with experts to gain more insight on the conditions of the home country. In the end, not only do you create a product illustrating the client’s story, but you also form an invaluable relationship with the client. You are the person who listened to the client speak about his/her experiences and did something to convey that story.”
- Jacky Delgado, JD 2018

Course Information

Instructor: Siobon Albiol
Instruction: This course is a combination of lecture, in-class discussion, skills instruction, and client counseling.
Number of Students: Up to 8 per academic year.
711 License: A 711 license is not required to participate in the Asylum and Refugee Clinic.
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended Courses: Business Organizations and Business Fundamentals for Lawyers.
Eligibility: Only rising 2L and 3L students are eligible to apply.​