Students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in mini-trials. Students also engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations.
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We create a nurturing, reflective environment where students can learn from their experiences. Students develop their professional judgment and critical problem-solving skills as they learn key litigation and lawyering skills.Learn More About Our Teaching
Lauren Tsuji, JD '14
"Clinic helped me develop skills, experience, and confidence . . ."
Katie Austin, JD '13
"Clinic gave me tools to translate a client's interests into legal objectives . . ."
Chris Walker, JD '06
"The clinical experience helped me develop the legal and policy skills necessary to be an effective advocate . . ."