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USC Gould School of Law

Immigration Clinic I and II     LAW-776, 796

This two-semester Immigration Clinic provides representation to indigent clients in a variety of different types of cases with a focus on asylum and other applications for relief from removal (deportation). Some of the Clinic's clients are victims of torture, including rape, or other forms of severe violence. In some of the cases the client's life or freedom is at stake. Students will represent clients before the Immigration Court, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and possibly a federal court. Student representation of clients is provided and authorized by DHS and Justice Department student practice rules. The classroom component will provide students with an understanding of the relevant substantive law, procedural rules, and skills necessary to represent clients of the Clinic.

In addition to the weekly class, students will need to commit on average approximately 20 hours per week to case work, Clinic office duties, and weekly case review meetings with one or both professors.

Units 2, 3, 4, 5
Grading Options CR/D/F Only
Exam Type None
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes

Grading Options: vary with the professor

Note: Immigration Clinic is a two, consecutive, semester commitment. Clinic students will need to travel to the detention facilities.

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