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About Us

Welcome to The Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project, formerly the Penn Law Immigration Clinic (PLIC)!  PLIRP is a student-run pro bono project that provides direct legal services to indigent immigrants in the greater Philadelphia area, under the supervision of attorneys at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Friends of Farmworkers (FOF), and pro bono attorneys at Reed Smith and other organizations. 

Many students are engaged in case work, assisting immigrants from all over the world in applications for asylum. Other students research and advocate for better immigration policy, while still others conduct intake for clients at HIAS.  More generally, the Project brings together students interested in immigration and international human rights issues to participate in trainings and hear from speakers who are experts in the field.

Since its founding in 2002,  the Project has grown to its current size of approximately 50 first, second, and third year JD students and LLMs.  The Project is coordinated by six student directors.