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Fall 2007 - Immigration

Gilman, Denise L
Hines, Barbara

Credit Hours: 3 (Pass/Fail)  Course ID: 397C  Unique # 29435

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
TTH3:30 - 5:00 pmCCJ 1.312
Exams:  None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
29505 -
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html.

Description
Clinic students represent low income immigrants before the immigration courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including bond and deportation hearings, asylum applications, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases and applications for discretionary relief.  Students will interview clients, develop case strategy, prepare witnesses and present cases before the court and the agency.

The clinic meets two times per week for an hour and a half.  Classroom lectures and discussion focus on substantive immigration law, client interviewing, trial preparation and strategy and review of ongoing cases.

The Clinic is located in the Connally Justice Center 1.310 at the Law School.  In addition to the classroom component, students should expect to spend 10-20 hours per week on Clinic work, including four office hours per week at the Clinic.  Students must be willing to travel to San Antonio for an initial DHS and court tour and for all court hearings and DHS interviews.

Many of the Clinic's clients are Spanish speaking.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.  Volunteer interpreters are available for non- Spanish speaking students.  Preference is given to students who have taken an immigration law course or who have other immigration or public interest experience.  The Clinic carries six hours of credit.

Students are encouraged to apply for the clinic during early registration.  Students who wish to register for the clinic must fill out a questionnaire that is available during registration.  Students may request to be placed on a waiting list, if space is unavailable during registration.

For more information about the clinic, contact Barbara Hines at 232-1310, or by e-mail at bhines@law.utexas.edu, or visit the Clinic offices.

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