This two-credit course is a supplement to and must be taken with the 3-credit Immigration Law survey course. The goal of the course is two-fold: to develop skills of applying substantive law to practice-based situations and to develop Spanish language skills for legal practice.
We will apply the content of the Immigration Law course in the following manner: (1) discussion of, and practice in articulating substantive immigration law, and relevant legal procedures, to Spanish-speaking clients; (2) discussion of, and practice in counseling Spanish-speaking clients with immigration-related legal concerns; (3) discussion, in Spanish, of comparative law issues and questions that arise for clients familiar with Latin American legal systems; and (4) development of Spanish legal vocabulary needed to communicate with clients about immigration law. More broadly, during this time we will consider challenges inherent in bilingual lawyering, along with different approaches to bilingual lawyering scenarios.
The course is appropriate for students seeking to develop their Spanish conversational skills and for those who may already speak Spanish in an informal setting but seek to develop formal legal Spanish proficiency. It will be conducted in Spanish and will require some conversational Spanish language ability. That said, fluency is not required, and you will not be graded on your language skills. The goal is to enhance your comfort and proficiency in speaking Spanish in legal settings, recognizing that students may be starting at different levels. To achieve this goal, I will expect all students to actively participate in discussions and role-play exercises. There will also be a number of written assignments in Spanish.
Co-requisite: Immigration Law
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