Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic: Seminar (30194) and Fieldwork (30195). 2 units, for each component, 4 units total. Students may elect credit/fail and must do so by the stated deadline each term. Students must be enrolled in the seminar and fieldwork components simultaneously. Students in the New Haven Legal Assistance Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) will represent immigrants and their organizations in court, before administrative agencies, and in the legislature. IRC is based at New Haven Legal Assistance (LAA), a historic non-profit civil legal services office whose mission is to secure justice for and to protect the rights of those residents of New Haven County unable to engage legal counsel.
The clinic will be a legal resource for immigrant communities and their organizations. Through their advocacy and coursework, students in the clinic will learn to practice as legal services lawyers representing immigrants and their organizations. Students will represent clients in both immigration and employment law matters in federal courts. Community partners will refer cases to the clinic, and there will be no substantive area of law excluded from consideration.
Referring community organizations will likely include Junta for Progressive Action, a non-profit service provider and advocacy organization (http://juntainc.org/en/); Unidad Latina en Acción, a grassroots membership-based community organization (https://ulanewhaven.org/); and Haven Health Clinic, a student-run primary care clinic in the Fair Haven neighborhood (http://www.havenfreeclinic.org/hfc/). Enrollment limited to eight. J. Bhandary-Alexander and D. Blank.
Note: No drops will be permitted after students have confirmed their acceptance of a place, and not after the first seminar meeting.
Course Bidding: In addition to ranking the seminar section of this clinic among experiential course selections, students should submit a one-to-two page personal statement and a CV by the close of the bidding period on June 22 at 4:30 p.m. Students who are accepted in the clinic seminar will also be enrolled in the fieldwork section.
Note: This clinic is open only to J.D. students.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in a LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork-only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project, Legal Assistance (all versions); or Prosecution Externship.