Ex. Immigrant Youth Advocacy

Course Information

Course Number
Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Administrative Law and Public Policy, Human Rights
Additional Attributes
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, youth under the age of 18 apprehended at the U.S. border without caregivers, are on a path to deportation by immigration court unless they assert a defense to their removal. This seminar explores the fundamentals of immigration law through the lens of immigrant youth representation. The seminar explores the ethical challenges posed by immigrant youth representation, the effects of trauma on children, youth asylum, and how the INA fails to incorporate the best interests of the child for the children before it. We consider the extent to which youth migration has heavily influenced the U.S. government's ever-changing immigration policies. The fieldwork consists of virtual placement with a Legal Aid Society youth immigration attorney. Together a student and attorney will provide direct representation to young Legal Aid clients. Students will appear virtually in federal and state courts, interview clients, assess immigration relief, and work on all aspects of clients' cases. The fieldwork and the seminar aim to develop critical, analytical and lawyering skills useful in any setting.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2024
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.

Other Sections of Ex. Immigrant Youth Advocacy

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2024



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