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Immigration Practice Clinic

Students in the Immigration Practice Clinic represent vulnerable low-income immigrants from all over the world before the immigration agencies, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal courts in humanitarian immigration cases. Students take primary responsibility and decision-making authority for their cases, under the mentorship of the clinic faculty member. Early classes provide knowledge in substantive immigration law, including the Immigration and Nationality Act, the applicable Code of Federal Regulations, and Department of Homeland Security forms, applications, and internal policies. Classes will also be taught on substantive subjects specific to representing immigrants, including working with interpreters and the impact of the administrative nature of the system. Students will be expected to prepare for substantive immigration hearings, appearances and filings with United States Customs and Immigration Service and the Department of Justice Immigration Courts. Pass/Fail [3 credits] Enrollment limited


Note: This clinic requires that students attend a “boot camp” to be scheduled on the weekend prior to the start of classes. Note: A "no drop" policy will be in place once students have registered. Only the individual clinic professor can grant a waiver of this policy.


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