The Asylum & Immigration Clinical Program has two distinct but complementary courses: the Asylum & Refugee Clinic and the Immigration Law Clinic. In each of the clinical course offerings, law students engage in providing direct services to clients under supervision of Clinic faculty. Law students investigate and prepare defenses to deportation or applications for relief, engage in factual investigation, research, and legal drafting. Law students may work with experts, research human rights issues and U.S. substantive and procedural law and develop trial skills or other public presentation skills.
Through class assignments and a weekly seminar, students learn about substantive law and lawyering skills. In addition, student teams meet weekly with their supervisor. Outside of class and supervisory meetings, students also meet with clients in the clinic.
Students may encounter sensitive subjects while working with clients, such as trauma due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crimes.