Course Format and Requirements

Course Format and Requirements

Enrollment in LIJC is a yearlong commitment. The Fall semester will be composed of two (2) graded in-class course credits and two (2) ungraded externship based course credits. Externship based course credits are for work with clients in a clinical setting and are to be completed outside of time allocated for in-class requirements. A two (2) credit externship amounts to about 10 hours of work each week. In addition to their individual case work, students will participate on a rotating basis to assist with general client intakes alongside Co-Directors, Marissa Montes and Emily Robinson throughout the semester. The Spring semester will be composed of one (1) ungraded in-class course credit and two (2) ungraded externship based course credits. 

For both advanced and first-time students, we will consider the following criteria in evaluating your case work: (1) professionalism and adherence to the highest ethical standards, (2) commitment to working collaboratively with clients (or, in the case of advocacy projects, with other activists) to define and achieve project goals, (3) zealous advocacy on behalf of clients, (4) reflective and thoughtful lawyering, (5) quality of advocacy, whether oral or written, (6) case management, including file management and adherence to internal and external time deadlines, and (7) effectiveness in working as a team to resolve any issues. Grades are based on the timely completion and quality of all course requirements. Advanced students will enroll in LIJC using 2-4 of their externship units and will receive a grade of pass/fail. Please note that participation in the clinical course satisfies the pro bono graduation requirement. 


Students who have completed Immigration Law (including Immigration Law as a 1st Year Elective) prior to enrolling in the Clinic, or who are concurrently enrolled in Immigration Law during the Fall 2016 semester are eligible to apply to take the course.  

Accepted students must commit to completing both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, and may not increase or decrease the number of units for the course.