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Caruso School of Law Clinical Education Program Receives Funding to Continue Immigration and Asylum Project

October 26, 2020  | 1 min read

The Caruso School of Law has received generous funding to support rising 2L and 3L students interested in representing clients seeking asylum and humane immigration in the United States. The project is a partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA).

“The generous funding for stipends has been critical to the Caruso School of Law’s efforts to respond to rising needs for immigration and asylum advocacy in recent years,” said Jeffrey R. Baker, clinical professor of law and assistant dean of clinical education and global programs at the law school. “The stipends empower students to gain experience and expertise in these critical areas of law, and they expand our partner lawyers’ ability to represent vulnerable clients. Immigrants and people seeking asylum in the US have profound need for able legal representation, and our students and partners at LAFLA are rising to the moment.”

Since 2018, 10 students have benefited from the stipend-funded positions. The renewed funding will provide many more students with opportunities to advance access to justice for clients, expand and improve LAFLA’s capacity to meet this critical need, provide invaluable experiences in the field, and advance students’ professional development and expertise in this practice area.

Under the expert supervision and leadership of LAFLA senior attorney Brigit Alvarez, law students will work with clients applying for asylum, those intent on keeping their lawful permanent residency, domestic violence victims seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, families seeking to obtain status under the U visa as victims of violent crime, and survivors of human trafficking. Students will work directly with clients performing client intakes, drafting legal briefs and motions, and appearing in court as co-counsel.