Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Co-requisite Class: Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinical Seminar (2 Fall credits). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. clinic) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. class).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.
For twenty-five years, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), has focused on direct representation of individuals applying for U.S. asylum and related relief, as well as representation of individuals who have survived domestic violence and other crimes and/or who seek avoidance of forced removal in immigration proceedings (i.e., VAWA, U-visas, Cancellation of Removal, Temporary Protected Status, etc.). HIRC is also involved in appellate and policy advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.
HIRC students take the lead in representing clients from all over the world who are seeking protection from being returned to human rights abuses in their country of origin, protection from exile after years of living in the United States, or reunification with their families. About forty-five students are placed each year with HIRC for clinical credit. Most students typically work between fifteen and twenty hours per week (3-4 credits).
Students are either placed at Harvard or at its partner clinic, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston’s oldest legal services organization (located in downtown Boston).
Additionally, for 2012-2013 HIRC will accept two students to participate in the clinic for the entire year – Fall and Spring terms. Students will be selected through an application process in March 2012, and will attend the seminar and participate in the clinic in Fall semester and then continue with the clinic during the Spring semester working on more advanced immigration and asylum issues, including direct representation, amicus briefs, and/or policy and advocacy. Please email Bonnie Rubrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information regarding this option and the application process.