Undocumented and Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Externship - SP14
Kathleen Maloney and Cristina Romero, Lecturers-in-Law (2 graded academic and 3 ungraded clinical credits)
This externship provides students with the opportunity to learn about immigration and family laws and practice through the lens of child advocacy. Students will work through the interplay between the common-law and the federal regulatory systems by taking a seminar and doing closely related field work in which they will represent unaccompanied youth in both federal and state courts. Unaccompanied immigrant youth are children under the age of 18 who have been apprehended at the U.S. border without traditional caregivers. Following their detention at federal facilities, they are released to sponsors and placed in removal proceedings in immigration court. Working under the supervision of lawyers, up to 8 externs will provide legal services to these children. The seminar will explore the intersection of immigration law, criminal law and family law, the ethical challenges of representing unaccompanied minors and the U.S. government’s immigration policies and their impact on communities. Through both the field component and the seminar, externs will develop relevant legal, analytical and lawyering skills from client intake to appeals.
To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter or statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by Wednesday, Oct. 30th.