Course Description: This live-client clinic serves immigrant families on the site of the Robert F. Kennedy campus of six K-12 public schools located in Koreatown. The location of this clinic will give students a unique opportunity to practice community lawyering – embedded in a trusted space where students, family members, educators, and community organizations all work closely and collaboratively with law students and lawyers on site. The clinic’s work involves individual representation of immigrant students and family members on immigration and employment matters, brief legal consultations on a range of additional issues, community outreach and education, and policy research and advocacy.
Through this multi-faceted approach to law practice, students will have opportunities for professional development in three areas. First, through individual casework, they will develop traditional lawyering skills, including interviewing, counseling, and legal research and writing. At the same time, they will gain exposure to a range of additional advocacy tools and methods related to working effectively with the vibrant organizing work underway in this community. Finally, the school is a crucible for many issues of importance to immigrant youth and their families far beyond the campus’s boundaries, and the clinic’s work seeks to engage students in the rich opportunities for policy research and advocacy presented by its unique location.
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: BORDER ADVOCACY INTENSIVE TRAINING IN J-TERM
In order to give students enrolled in the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic the opportunity to immerse themselves in a broad range of immigration law practice, we are organizing an additional trip to the southwest border, where students will spend five days in Nogales, Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona. Students would participate in a combination of some or all of the following activities:
• Prepare and present legal orientation for migrants at a shelter run by the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Mexico
• Prepare asylum-seekers for credible fear interviews prior to their arrival at the port of entry
• Prepare and present legal orientation for recent border-crossers in shelter for migrant women and children in Tucson
• Interview recent arrivals in custody in Eloy Detention Center, in collaboration with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
• Observe Operation Streamline in Tucson federal district court
We would meet for training at UCLA for approximately three 3 hour-long sessions the week of 1/7, and spend the week of 1/14 at the border
If you would be interested in this opportunity, please note this in your course application.