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Immigration and Human Rights
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Type

CLN

Credits

4F/3S cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic advocates on behalf of non-citizens in a variety of venues, through both individual representation and public policy initiatives. Students represent persons seeking asylum in the United States, as well as non-citizens being detained prior to deportation. Students will interview clients, research country conditions, write legal memoranda on asylum issues, and appear before decision-makers at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Students will also represent individual clients in court as part of the Minnesota Detention Project, which represents detained immigrants to determine if they have defenses to deportation. Students will also work on a variety of legislative and other public policy projects which will bring them into contact with advocacy organizations within the Twin Cities immigration and human rights community, including Advocates for Human Rights and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

Each student will handle up to two asylum cases. Students work with at least one other student on each case, and can choose from cases presented affirmatively to the USCIS and those presented defensively before the Immigration Court. Students will handle all aspects of case and client preparation and courtroom appearances.

The clinic is a year-long course open to second-year and third-year students, beginning in the fall semester each year. Enrollment is generally limited to eight students.

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Sections

Fall 2014–Spring 2015: Immigration and Human Rights

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Type

CLN

Credits

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents persons seeking asylum in the United States, as well as immigrant detainees at removal hearings in U.S. Immigration Court. This clinic, which is part of the Center for New Americans, provides students with extensive client contact, legal writing, and courtroom advocacy experience. Students receive frequent and detailed feedback on all of their clinic work.

As part of their representation of asylum-seekers, students interview and counsel their clients on a regular basis, research conditions in the countries where their clients suffered persecution, write briefs and participate in hearings at U.S. Immigration Court. Depending on the resolution of their case at the trial level, students will write appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Students also represent immigrant detainees at hearings in Immigration Court to determine if they have defenses to deportation. Students also work on public policy and community outreach projects which bring them into contact with immigrant rights groups at the state and national level. As a result of their work in the clinic, students learn about U.S. immigration law and policy and participate in the Center for New Americans’ innovative strategies for improving the lives of immigrants through strategic litigation, well-informed public policy, and community outreach and education.

The clinic is a year-long course open to second and third-year students, beginning in the fall semester each year. Enrollment is generally limited to eight students. Please contact Professor Stephen Meili at smeili@umn.edu (612-626-3972) with any questions.

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Fall 2013–Spring 2014: Immigration and Human Rights

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Type

CLN

Credits

4

Student Year

2L/3L

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Fall 2012–Spring 2013: Immigration and Human Rights

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Type

CLN

Credits

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

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