Academic Programs

Immigrants' Rights Clinic (IRC)

IRC represents newly arrived unaccompanied children facing deportation, refugees fleeing human rights abuses, and other vulnerable immigrants in court and administrative proceedings. Students in IRC assume primary responsibility for building their cases, just as a lawyer would—through client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, legal research and writing, working with expert witnesses, and conducting full hearings. Students may also participate in “Know-Your-Rights” visits at local jails/detention centers.

IRC professors help students prepare for their cases through weekly class, simulation exercises, supervisory meetings, and mock hearings conducted in advance of real hearings.

IRC is taught by Professors Judith Diamond, Laila Hlass, and Sarah Sherman-Stokes. For further information, please contact the above named professors. Past clinical students are also available to provide additional information: Pete Brocker, Dena Birkenkamp, Albert Heng, Kate Lebeaux, Gabriela Morales, Drew Tobias, and  Diona Vakili.

IRC carries 12 credits during an academic year, broken into three grades. Six graded credits are provided for the field component which must be taken over both semesters, three graded credits are given for the fall pre-trial skills seminar, and three graded credits are given for the spring trial skills seminar.  For specific course information, click here.

If you have not already done so, you must take Evidence during the first semester to satisfy the student practice rule.


Refugee and Asylee Adjustment Toolkit

Click here for access to the toolkit for practitioners representing refugees and asylees in pursuit of adjustment of status.

Published on behalf of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), the “Refugee and Asylee Adjustment Toolkit” is a comprehensive resource for refugees and asylees applying for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, commonly known as a “green card,” before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The toolkit offers step-by-step guidance for practitioners, including relevant forms, statutory and regulatory authority, case law, recent developments, secondary resources and practice tips. It was prepared by BU Law's Immigrants' Rights Clinic and the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law. See full press release