Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic
The New York Immigration Court has a special docket where only children’s cases are adjudicated. These children may secure counsel, but no free counsel is provided at government expense. This project will require students to master the art of interviewing juveniles and/or their custodians quickly at the court pro bono rooms. Students will be given training in working with translators and juveniles. Working with mentor adjunct faculty, the students will make an assessment of the juvenile’s eligibility for potential relief from removal (deportation). Students will educate juveniles who wish to continue pro se on aspects of the immigration court procedure and strategy. If we identify juveniles who may be eligible for relief, students will prepare detailed summaries of the basic eligibility issues and then work to recruit pro bono counsel through the Wilf Impact Center’s Safe Passage Project. Students will observe court proceedings and participate in a court watch database. Students may also be required to attend and/or observe family court proceedings concerning guardianships for juveniles. Students will draft research memoranda and sample briefs in support of special immigrant juvenile petitions and or guardianship proceedings. There will be substantial coordination with other nonprofit organizations. The course is for 4 credits, 2 for each semester. Credits are graded. Students must be available at least twice a month on Thursdays. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week on clinic work.
In this clinic, students will be trained to screen and represent juveniles before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the administrative immigration court).
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application and interview are required, and the application can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Immigration Law
4 Credits: Full Year Course
Fall: 2 credits
Spring: 2 credits