Columbia Law School's Domestic Violence Project invites all interested students to apply for the U-Visa Project! The U-Visa Project is a great way to get hands-on experience and do meaningful work while in law school.
Applications for the U-Visa Project are due on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:59pm. We ask that you submit a (1) Resume; (2) Statement of interest (ca 250 words); and (3) list of language capacities to Ellie Brinck-Johnsen ([email protected]) and Jeeyoon Chung ([email protected]).
What is the U-Visa Project?
The U-Visa Project is a pro bono project run annually by DVP annually.We partner with attorneys at Sanctuary for Families to help immigrant survivors of domestic abuse receive legal immigration status through U-Visa petitions. Students are assigned a client and complete the petition application from beginning to end and learn skills such as interviewing and drafting affidavits. This project includes a thorough training curriculum that exposes students to aspects of both immigration and family law in New York City.
What is the time requirement?
The project runs from the first week of March to the end of April and will consist of six 2-hour training sessions at Columbia Law School, on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm, as well as time with individual clients to be scheduled at your discretion.
What type of work?
Students work in pairs and are assigned a client to begin and end their application process throughout the spring semester. Responsibilities include conducting several interviews with the client, drafting affidavits in support of her application, and preparing the final application paperwork to submit to the USCIS.
Applications are due Saturday, February 22 at 11:59pm. If you have any further questions, please email Ellie Brinck-Johnsen at [email protected].