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Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP)

The Penn Law Immigrants’ Rights Project (PLIRP) is dedicated to providing legal services to people from around the world who hope to call the United States their home.

What we do: 

PLIRP organizes several direct clients services projects in areas such as adjustment of immigration status, visa applications, and know-your-rights trainings to immigrants in the Philadelphia community. Additionally, PLIRP takes on various research projects from its partner organizations and participates in discussions of policy and legislation involving immigrants’ rights in the United States.

How we do it:

We partner with major immigration organizations in the Philadelphia area such as HIAS and the Nationalities Service Center to assist them with cases that they are working on. This could mean having your own client that you meet with several times over the semester to gather information and fill out a visa application, or simply spending a few hours in a clinic setting speaking with a small group of clients to educate them of their legal rights.

How and when can I join:

Come see us at the Pro Bono Sign-Up Fair in the fall or email the project leaders at to join the listserv, where you can find out about upcoming projects. Additionally, in the early fall there will be one or two trainings which last no more than an hour and explain the basics of our projects and prepare you to participate in them.

What skills will I develop:

Client counseling, interviewing and intake, working with vulnerable clients, policy/advocacy, legal research and writing, community engagement

The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.