Immigration Pro Bono Project

The Immigration Pro Bono Project partners with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto to help undocumented individuals apply for asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief. Students work under the supervision of licensed attorneys to interview clients about their asylum claims and help them complete their i-589 forms. Our Project collaborates with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic to train all participants in the fundamentals of asylum law and trauma-informed interviewing strategies.

Applicants with Spanish proficiency will be given priority. Monolingual English students may still participate with the aid of interpreters. If you speak Spanish but are unsure how to classify your abilities, please feel free to contact the co-leaders.

Commitment Required of Members:

Members are required to participate in at least two clinics during the academic year. We will hold at least one to two clinics per quarter, either virtually or in person. Each clinic will last 3-4 hours and will take place at times most convenient to 1L participants.

Open Membership Spots: 12

Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted

Winter Start: Not Permitted; Fall Start Required

Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Likely

Language Ability Preference: Spanish Language Proficiency Preferred, But Not Required

Project Leaders: Kate E. Healy, Marty Berger