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Course Catalog – Immigration Law

6005 Immigration Law Clinic Practicum (3)

Co-requisite: Immigration Law Clinic Course Component

Student attorneys are authorized by federal regulation to engage in representation of real clients in immigration matters.  Students represent clients before the immigration courts in Oakdale and New Orleans, as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the primary agency that adjudicates applications for immigration benefits.  Students receive intensive skills training and individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation that is 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 Pass/Fail and must be taken in conjunction with the Immigration Law Clinic Course Component.  Participation is open to second-year and third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.  Note: This course requires a one-day pre-semester orientation.

5623 Immigration Law Clinic Course Component (2)

Co-requisite: Immigration Law Clinic Practicum

In this graded course, students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures and concepts required to represent clients in a multitude of immigration matters including defense in removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, affirmative applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for immigrant victims of crimes and/or persecution, abused, abandoned or neglected children, and individuals seeking reunification with their family members.  The course prepares students for live-client representation, which they undertake usually within the first week of the Immigration Law Clinic Practicum.  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.  Participation is open to second- and third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.  Note: This course includes a one-day pre-semester orientation