Externship: Legal Services - Immigration

Externship: Legal Services - Immigration

Course Number: Law 829FP (Field Placement) & LAW 829S (Seminar), ULSR
Course Credits: 4 (3 FP, 1 Seminar)
The Legal Services Externship (Immigration) has two components: (1) a weekly two-hour seminar; and (2) 12 hours per week of fieldwork supervised by an attorney with the Empire Justice Center, housed within the Pace-Haub Law John Jay Legal Services Immigration Justice Clinic. Students spend a day and a half, or three half-days, per week “in the field” in court or in the Clinic. Students in this program will help represent clients in the JJLS Immigration Justice Clinic. The Clinic has served indigent people living, working, or detained in the Hudson Valley or in the five boroughs. Pro bono advice and representation has been offered to eligible immigrants fighting their removal from the United States and/or seeking to regularize their legal status through family ties, employment, asylum, or under specific federal categories such as Violence Against Women, Special Immigrant Juveniles, Diversity Visa, Anti-Trafficking, Temporary Protected Status, the U Visa, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Clinic has represented immigrants facing deportation (called “removal”) and has appeared in the Immigration Courts of New York City and those located in numerous correctional facilities, notably Fishkill and Ulster. The Clinic has also appeared in the Board of Immigration Appeals and in the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. Admission to the externship is based on the permission of the professors after application and interview. Immigration Law is recommended but is not a prerequisite.