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This externship provides students with the opportunity to learn about immigration law and practice through the representation of immigrant youth, a population that has continuously been targeted as an enforcement priority. Unaccompanied children are defined as children 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, they are referred for removal proceedings at immigration court. This seminar will explore the fundamentals of immigration law as it relates to youth, with a particular focus on the various fields with which immigration law intersects, such as family law and criminal law. The seminar will explore the ethical challenges posed by immigrant youth representation, the U.S. governmentâs evolving immigration policies, and the impact of such policies on youth. The fieldwork will take place at the Legal Aid Society where up to 8 externs will provide legal services to immigrant youth under the supervision of immigration attorneys. They will appear in federal and state courts, assess immigration relief, and work on all aspects of the clientsâ cases. Through both the fieldwork and the seminar, students will develop relevant legal, analytical and lawyering skills.