Students who enroll in this course may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Required Clinic Component: Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: January 11, 2019.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic by submitting an application.
This seminar addresses U.S. asylum and international refugee law, as well as advocacy skills relevant to students' work at the clinic. Specific topics covered include: persecution and the human rights paradigm; credibility and corroboration; and gender- and gang-based asylum claims. The skills component of the seminar addresses such areas as effective client interviewing, affidavit writing, cross-cultural lawyering, conducting immigration and human rights research, and preparing cases and testimony for trial. In order to cultivate best practices in student advocacy, this seminar draws heavily for instructional examples on students' clinical experiences. It also allows students to connect their understanding of refugee law and lawyering skills to actual casework through consideration of specific issues of doctrine and policy implicated by students' cases. Students will also have an opportunity to critically reflect on their experiences, models of advocacy, and social justice.
Students who have taken the course "Emerging Issues in Refugee Protection: The Representation of Child Asylum Seekers" may request a clinical seminar waiver by contacting the clinic directly.
Note: In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting day and time (Wednesday, 5-7pm), this seminar will also meet on the following Fridays, February 8, 15, and 22 from 3pm to 5pm.