In this clinic (formerly titled Small Firm Practice: Immigration Clinic), students will represent low- and moderate-income immigrants and/or their family members in matters relating to immigration status. Students will represent individuals fleeing persecution and seeking asylum at the Asylum Office and before the Baltimore Immigration Court, as well as others appearing before the court. Clients may, in some cases, be detained by the Department of Homeland Security. They will also represent clients in other immigration related matters, including family petitions, domestic violence related applications, and citizenship applications. This work will be supervised directly by Clinic faculty. In addition, students will gain experience in the practice of immigration law in the context of small firms or solo practitioners by working with the Civil Justice Network, a network of small and solo practitioners committed to increasing access to justice for people of modest means. This aspect of the clinic is designed to introduce students to the practical realities of small firm practice, and is rooted in the conviction that private practitioners are essential to the effort to increase access to justice. Students will build professional skills; learn immigration law in the context of practice; explore the viability and practicalities of small firm practice; explore the role of small, private practitioners in providing access to the justice system; and look at wider issues of US immigration policy. There will be a once-weekly seminar-style class, and in addition, students will meet weekly with the professor to discuss ongoing client matters. Studentsí grades will be based on the quality of their work, their professionalism (e.g., attention to ethical responsibilities; communication with and commitment to supervisors, colleagues, and clients; and compliance with deadlines); effort; improvement; initiative and resourcefulness; and willingness and ability to support their colleagues.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.
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|525K (CRN: 23163) Credits: 4|
Spring, 2014 (Day).