Crimmigration Clinic

Crimmigration Clinic

Mr. Philip Torrey
Fall 2021 clinic
3 clinical credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (2 fall classroom credits). Students who are accepted into this clinic will be enrolled in the required clinical course component by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, unless they have already completed the course as a non-clinical student.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: No.

By Permission: Yes - applications are due from JD students by April 30, 2021. The application deadline for transfer students is August 13, 2021.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic through the LLM General Clinic Application.

Placement Site: HLS.

In the Crimmigration Clinic students work on cutting-edge issues regarding the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. The content of the clinical projects will depend on the legal landscape and political climate at the time of clinical enrollment.  In the past, students have worked on administrative and federal litigation in both federal appellate courts and district courts concerning criminal bars to immigration relief, detention, and the crime-based grounds of removal. Students also work with community-based organizations and non-profits to develop affirmative district court litigation challenging anti-immigrant policies. Clinical students will also work with the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and other criminal defense attorneys around the country to provide advice about the immigration consequences of criminal charges.

The Crimmigration Clinic is offered for 3 clinical credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students should indicate which semester they are applying for in their statement of interest. Students in the clinic (both Fall and Spring semesters) are required to enroll in the Fall clinical course component..

Enrollment in the Crimmigration Clinic is by application only (applications are due to Phil Torrey - ptorrey@law.harvard.edu). Students should include a resume and short statement of interest (250 words or less) in their application. Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Once accepted, students will work with the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs to finalize their registrations.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Criminal Law & Procedure, Human Rights, International, Comparative & Foreign Law