Representing Asylum Seekers | CLINIC

Representing Asylum Seekers


Representing Asylum Seekers


October 10, 2018 – November 14, 2018

$310 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$335 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$465 per person for private attorneys and staff

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Course Outline


This five-week training is designed as an introductory course on asylum law. It will provide an overview of asylum law and procedures, as well as offer tips on interviewing clients and advocating on their behalf.  This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the various protected grounds and other key issues, including particular social group, the one-year filing deadline and its exceptions, mandatory bars to eligibility, the protection screening process, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture.  The last part of the course will focus on preparing an asylum case from the initial interview through the various stages: the Asylum Office, Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Court.

The course starts on October 10, with access to the e-learning course website and Week One assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, and quizzes.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course also includes five live webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern starting on Wednesday, October 17.   Each webinar is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

The instructors for this course are CLINIC attorneys Reena Arya, Michelle Mendez and Rebecca Scholtz.  For questions about this course, please contact Reena Arya at

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to asylum law for practitioners who already have some exposure to immigration law fundamentals.

Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or listen to recordings of the weekly course webinar, and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must email a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Jon Braswell at Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.


CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings.  California attorneys participating in this course are eligible to claim CLE credit based on the number of webinars attended or viewed in this course. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.




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