Immigrants' Rights Clinic
In the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, students represent individual immigrants facing deportation and engage in multidisciplinary advocacy on behalf of immigrants’ rights organizations. Clients include immigrant survivors of domestic violence and non-citizens with old or minor criminal convictions who seek humanitarian relief from deportation. Under the supervision of clinic director Jayashri Srikantiah, up to 8 students each quarter assume responsibility for all aspects of case preparation, including interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating facts, writing pleadings, developing case strategies, conducting oral argument, and performing legal research.
Students also collaborate with immigrants’ rights organizations on advocacy projects involving impact litigation, public education, grassroots advocacy, and media work. Students have developed numerous “know-your-rights” materials, written U.S. Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit briefs, and worked alongside community groups to fight against unfair federal government immigration practices.
“My time in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic has been the most valuable part of my SLS education. It taught me what it means to advocate for my clients' interests, and showed me the myriad of ways that I, as a lawyer, can be a part of real and lasting change. Whether I could affect one person's life through direct services or thousands through an advocacy project, I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop my lawyering skills as part of the IRC!”
Aimee Krause '13