Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic

The Thomas M. Cooley Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic (CiRCA) is the Ann Arbor Campus in-house, live-client evening clinic, which provides free legal assistance to indigent immigrants living in and around Washtenaw County.

About the Program

The Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic accepts applications from students who will have completed 40 or more credits and who have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.

This one-term Internship Experience enables students (called "legal interns") to interview, counsel, and represent indigent immigrants both in immigration court and in Washtenaw County courts. Interns, who are closely supervised by the clinical director, represent clients in a wide variety of legal matters and activities, including drafting legal documents and pleadings, arguing motions, negotiating with opposing counsel and conducting trials. Typical cases involve asylum and withholding of removal applications, landlord-tenant issues, custody determinations, and naturalization. In addition, students participate in a social justice component, which may include legislation drafting, data gathering and analysis, and production of authoritative reports.

This is an evening clinic based at the Ann Arbor campus. Students will earn three credits per term. Including class time (three hours per week) and meetings with your supervisor, you can expect to invest between 10 and 15 hours per week on clinic-related work. You will be required to document a minimum of 90 hours of work per term. All students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better and at least 40 credit hours earned are eligible for admission to CiRCA. In addition, students must have satisfactorily completed Personal and Professional Responsibility and Research and Writing.

Applications are reviewed to ascertain the applicants' eligibility, and eligible students are selected for enrollment in CiRCA. True evening students and those applicants closest to graduation are favored in the selection process. Students who have applied before and not selected for enrollment are also favored.

If you have questions regarding CiRCA, please contact the clinical director, Professor Jason Eyster.

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