Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Required Class Component: Immigration and Refugee Advocacy (2 fall credits). This clinic and course are bundled - your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
However, there are two by applications slots for a full-year clinic option. Interested students must also submit an application and be accepted to enroll in the full-year option (please see details below).
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: Either HLS or GBLS (downtown Boston).
For twenty-five years, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services, has focused on direct representation of individuals applying for U.S. asylum and related protections, 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 pursuant to various forms of relief (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.
For the fall 2013 semester, students interested in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic will have the option to enroll through the registration lottery to pursue refugee and asylum advocacy work. Students who enroll in the clinic will be automatically enrolled in the co-requisite Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Seminar. HIRC students in the Refugee and Asylum Advocacy clinical 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, as well as those who are seeking protection from exile after years of living in the United States. About forty-five students are placed each year with HIRC for clinical credit. Students typically work between ten and twenty hours per week. Students are either placed at Harvard or at its partner clinic, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston’s oldest legal services organization.
Additionally, for 2013-2014, 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 2013, and will attend the fall 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 more information regarding this option and the application process.