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Spring 2009 - Immigration

Gilman, Denise L
Hines, Barbara

Credit Hours: 3 (Pass/Fail)  Course ID: 397D  Unique # 28625


No class meeting information is available for this class.

Exams:  None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
28540 - Immigration
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/clinics/applications.php

Description
Students must register for Law 397C and 397D, for a total of six credits. 

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 helpful but not required.  Volunteer interpreters are available for non- Spanish speaking students.  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.  The application questionnaire should be returned to the clinic's administrator, Eddie Maraboto, at emaraboto@law.utexas.edu 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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