Law students and undergraduate students enrolled in the Immigrant Justice Lab seminar work in teams to research and write briefs in support of the asylum claims of children represented by attorneys from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. This project is run jointly by the University of Michigan Law School, the Department of History, and the Department of American Culture.
What We Do
With supervision from both faculty and practicing attorneys, students learn how to research asylum law and country conditions; engage in creative problem solving; maintain respectful and equitable professional relationships; write and edit persuasive legal arguments; and engage in critical reflection about the US immigration system, the ethical practice of legal advocacy, and responsible depictions of violence and injustice in foreign cultures.
The Immigrant Justice Lab also partners with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, the South Asian Studies Center, and the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan to provide training and expert affidavits on country conditions to legal practitioners assisting asylum seekers in our state.
Students interested in further involvement can apply to the Immigrant Justice Lab Seminar through the Law School or LSA and can apply for clerkships or other professional opportunities at MIRC.
Are you a scholar interested in becoming a country conditions expert for asylum cases? We would be happy to add you to our list of experts (and to provide support and training if that would be helpful).