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Transnational Legal Clinic Students


Transnational Legal Clinic students make a worldwide impact.

Students enrolled provide direct representation to individuals seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief. The Transnational Legal Clinic allows students to engage in human rights advocacy before regional and international human rights mechanisms. Working under faculty supervision, students develop core lawyering competencies, while working to achieve their clients’ goals through the use of a range of advocacy tools, such as litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, investigation and report writing, media advocacy, and community education and organizing in local, national and international arenas. Clinic work happens through seminars, case rounds, and weekly supervisory meetings, allowing students to integrate theory and practice and explore the role of the law in settings that cut across cultures, languages, borders, and legal systems.

TLC students are expected to critically reflect on the choices presented and choices made in the course of lawyering, as they develop their professional identity as a lawyer.

Areas of Immigration Practice

The areas of immigration practice in which the students engage include the following:

Asylum and Withholding of Removal

Students have successfully represented individuals in cutting-edge legal claims, such as fear of persecution based on gender-identity and sexual orientation, female genital cutting, and domestic violence, as well as claims based on family identity, political opinion, and religion.

U and T Visa Representation

Students have successfully assisted in the representation of over 20 men subjected to forced labor through fraud and coercion in obtaining T visas available to victims of labor trafficking, and continue to represent individuals seeking relief in the form of a U visa, available to victims of particularly serious crimes where return to that client’s country of origin would cause significant hardship.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

In collaboration with the Child Advocacy Clinic, students have represented unaccompanied minors who have escaped situations of abuse, abandonment, and neglect in their homes and have arrived in the United States as arrived in the United States to seek safety, often in the care of a distant relative or close family friend.

International Human Rights Advocacy

Students working in teams and in close collaboration with partner and client organizations in developing and implementing strategies for utilizing the international and regional human rights mechanisms to address a range of human rights issues both in the United States and beyond our borders.

Our Faculty

Liz Bradley

Liz Bradley

Visiting Practice Assistant Professor of Law
Sarah Paoletti

Sarah Paoletti

Practice Professor of Law; Director, Transnational Legal Clinic