Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

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Students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in mini-trials. Students also engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations.

The Experience of Representing a Client in an Asylum Case: A Student’s Perspective


I started working with E in the spring of 2016 as a full-time clinic student in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. E was a new client for the clinic who was in removal proceedings and seeking asylum to stay in the United States. In her home country, E had witnessed a brutal murder committed by a powerful gang and a corrupt police officer. She was targeted and severely harmed because she was a witness to the crime. Despite having been victimized, she bravely attempted to pursue justice, even knowing she could never be safe again in her home country.

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Clinic students Matthew Sellers, (’17) and Andrew Chang, (’17) wrote and filed a brief on behalf of community organizations in support of Santa Clara County’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction against the President’s Executive Order to render “Sanctuary Jurisdictions” ineligible to receive federal funding.

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Collaborative and Supportive Supervision

We create a nurturing, reflective environment where students can learn from their experiences. Students develop their professional judgment and critical problem-solving skills as they learn key litigation and lawyering skills.

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Lauren Tsuji, JD '14

"Clinic helped me develop skills, experience, and confidence . . ."

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Katie Austin, JD '13

"Clinic gave me tools to translate a client's interests into legal objectives . . ."

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Chris Walker, JD '06

"The clinical experience helped me develop the legal and policy skills necessary to be an effective advocate . . ."

Clinic Director Jayashri Srikantiah Writes About Resistance and Immigrants' Rights In Our Current Political and Social Climate

“For many of us, Trump’s success in the election felt like a victory for his anti-immigrant, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric. How can we prepare and resist now and in the years to come? I do not have the answer. But as I have worried about the effects of Trump’s immigration policies on immigrant families and communities, I have been re-turning to a few principles […] I draw from the wisdom of leaders… and the example of the many activists who have forged a path forward in times of injustice. I have also learned from conversations with colleagues, friends, and students as we plan for immigrants’ rights advocacy in the Trump years.”

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