The Immigrants’ Rights Policy Clinic addresses broad-based, systemic issues of immigrants’ rights in a practical setting, with the emphasis on state and local engagement with immigration law and immigrants’ rights. We will put the constitutional and statutory law of immigrants’ rights into practice.
In prior semesters, IRPC students have worked with community activists and local officials and administrators to draft local ordinances affecting immigrants and their families and communities. IRPC students have also worked with community organizations in Southern California and other parts of the United States on access to K-12 and higher education; public funding for low-income immigrants facing deportation; and policies in states, cities, and school districts regarding their involvement with federal immigration enforcement.
We will not represent individual clients directly, but we will closely with people in immigrant communities to understand their needs and the solutions that the law may be able to provide. We will collaborate with nonprofit organizations who are working on cutting-edge immigrants’ rights issues. We should also expect some of our projects to arise out of the direct representation work of the law school’s Immigrant Family Legal Clinic.
The classroom component will meet for two hours weekly, to cover key aspects of the law defining the state and local role in immigrants’ rights, and to develop skills that Clinic projects will require. The other two hours will generally be devoted more directly to Clinic projects.
Students who will have taken Immigration Law (Law 331) or its equivalent will receive some preference in enrollment, but Immigration Law is not a prerequisite.
This is a graded four-unit course, by letter grade (A to F), with the grade based on a combination of classroom engagement and your work on Clinic projects, including meetings with collaborating attorneys and client organizations.
Schedule and logistics:
Much of the work on Clinic projects can be done on campus, but students will need to travel inside Los Angeles County to meet with collaborating attorneys, clients, and other stakeholders.
Work on Clinic projects, in addition to preparing for and attending classroom sessions, will require a substantial time commitment — ten hours per week, or more, depending the timing and urgency of particular matters.
Unavoidable client and stakeholder needs may require you to miss a few sessions of other courses.
Course readings, both substantive and skills-focused, will depend on Clinic projects and be available on the MyLaw course website.