Course Catalog – Immigration Law
6005 Immigration Law Clinic Practicum (3)
This is an experiential clinical course in which students are authorized by federal regulation to engage in representation of real clients in immigration matters. Students represent clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the primary agency that adjudicates applications for immigration benefits, as well as before the immigration court in New Orleans. Students receive intensive skills training and individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation consistent with best practices. Students may appear in court and in non-adversarial administrative interviews. Students gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, trial preparation, advocacy, persuasive writing, and other work relevant to representation of immigrant clients. This course is graded on the 4.0 scale. Participation requires consent of the instructor. There is a mandatory pre-semester orientation. Co-requisite: Immigration Law Clinic Course Component (LAW 5623).
5623 Immigration Law Clinic Course Component (2)
This is an experiential clinical course in which students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures, and concepts required to represent clients in a multitude of immigration matters, including: affirmative applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for immigrant victims of crimes and/or persecution, for abused, abandoned or neglected children, defense in removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review; appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals; and for individuals seeking permanent residence status or naturalization. The course prepares students for live-client representation, which they undertake usually within the first week of the Immigration Law Clinic Practicum (LAW 6005). Students learn to be effective, knowledgeable, ethical, zealous, and professional advocates for their clients. Although the course focuses on the practice of immigration law, the lawyering skills are widely transferable. This course is graded on the 4.0 scale. Participation requires consent of the instructor. Co-requisite: Immigration Law Clinic Practicum (LAW 6005).