Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Immigration Law Clinic

680IM | 5.0 credits


The Immigration Law Clinic is a five unit semester course and is graded. There are no course prerequisites and no final examination. Interested students must submit an Immigration Law Clinic application and resume to Professor Andrea Ramos. Enrollment in the Clinic is limited.

Law students, working under the supervision of Professor Ramos, will represent children and adults in immigration matters. The Clinic will provide free legal representation to clients in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) (clients under the age of 21), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U visa cases. This will involve cases where clients have been abused, neglected or abandoned or have been victims of a crime. Students will represent clients before the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and possibly before the Immigration Court and Juvenile Court. Students will be primarily responsible for their cases, including interviewing potential clients, developing case strategy, preparing immigration applications and presenting cases before the USCIS.

The Clinic will also include a community outreach component where students will give presentations on immigration related topics such as immigrant student access to higher education and know-your-rights informational sessions. Following the presentation, students will hold a community clinic where attendees can ask questions about their particular immigration situation. If the person is eligible for SIJS, VAWA or the U visa, the Immigration Clinic will offer free legal representation.

The Clinic will meet one day per week for a two hour class. The classroom component will focus on substantive and procedural law, professional responsibility and development of advocacy skills. Students will work approximately twenty hours per week on Clinic activities and must be flexible with the hour requirement in order to be responsive to client and case demands.