Ex. Immigrant Youth Advocacy

Course Information

Course Number
Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Administrative Law and Public Policy, Human Rights
Additional Attributes
Online Course, Experiential Credit

Section 001 Information


Section Description

This externship provides students with the opportunity to learn about immigration law and practice through the representation of immigrant youth, a population relentlessly targeted as an enforcement priority. Unaccompanied minors are youth under the age of 18 who have been apprehended at the U.S. border without caregivers. Following their detention at federal facilities and placement with sponsors in the US, they are referred for removal proceedings at immigration court. This seminar explores the fundamentals of immigration law as it relates to immigrant youth, with a focus on the intersection between immigration and family law. The seminar explores ethical challenges posed by immigrant youth representation, the U.S. government's ever-changing immigration policies, and the impacts of such policies on youth. The fieldwork current takes place with The Legal Aid Society youth immigration attorneys. Up to 8 externs provide direct representation to youth clients under the supervision of experienced immigration attorneys. Students will appear virtually (for now) in federal and state courts, interview clients, assess immigration relief, and work on all aspects of clients' cases. Through both the fieldwork and the seminar, students will develop analytical and lawyering skills they can later transfer to any immigration or non-immigration practice.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2022
JGH 908
Class meets on
  • Tuesday
6:20 pm - 8:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D Writing Credit?

Learning Outcomes

  • By servicing the unique needs of immigrant youth through direct representation, build listening and interviewing skills, develop rapport with clients, and assess collateral needs
  • Build litigation skills through oral advocacy in virtual state and federal courts and legal writing for those forums
  • Consider and reconcile tensions between the state common law, the federal regulatory scheme

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Instructor Co-Requisites
Recommended Courses
Other Limitations
Admission by application through the Externship Application process - see Social Justice Initiatives page for more information.

Additional Section for Ex. Immigrant Youth Advocacy

Section 002

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