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Students participating in this 2 credit seminar are also required to sign up for a 1, 2, or 3 credit NIWAP project under course number LAW-795T-001B.
IMMIGRANT WOMEN LAW AND POLICY COURSE DISCRIPTION: This two-credit seminar will examine role of legislative/administrative lawyering in developing and implementing laws, regulation and public policies. This course will review the legislative, administrative and policy gains in legal rights under U.S. laws that have been made on behalf of immigrant women, children and particularly immigrant victims of violence against women (domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking). Students will learn about the role lawyers played in these accomplishments: drafting legislation, negotiating bipartisan agreements, drafting implementing regulations and policy guidance, collecting stories, documenting emerging unaddressed needs, and crafting public policy solutions that would work for immigrant victims, women and children. This course will provide students the opportunity to develop the skills and talents required of a good legislative/administrative lawyer who works in and/or with state, local and federal government agency personnel. Legislative/administrative lawyers practice law at the intersection of policy, advocacy and politics. Their legal expertise combines with an understanding of the political dynamics of legislative and administrative systems enabling them to forge public policy solutions to problems that are effective, creative and politically achievable. Students will attend a seminar class once a week for 14 weeks and will additionally be assigned a project that responds to unmet needs of immigrant crime victims, women and children. Projects assigned will address the legal rights of immigrant women in one of the following subject matter areas: family law, public benefits, immigration options, and/or language access. To enroll in the seminar students are also be required to enroll both in LAW 795T-001 AND LAW 795T-001B. For the NIWAP Project LAW 795T-001B students must select 1, 2, or 3 credits. Students will be assigned a NIWAP project for the semester that is designed to match the number of credit hours chosen by the student. Students will be required to work at NIWAP for the following numbers of hours per week – 10 hours (1 credit); 15 hours (2 credits) or 20 hours (3 credits). These hours will include the student’s work on their NIWAP project and their work providing national technical assistance to attorneys and advocates on issues of importance for immigrant survivors. Work at Each student participating in the seminar with earn a total of 3, 4 or 5 graded course credits with 2 credits for class work and the remaining 1, 2 or 3 credits for work on a NIWAP project. The course will provide students an opportunity to learn skills and use tools that legislative/administrative lawyers use to craft negotiated solutions. Students participating in this seminar will be required to produce a written work of publishable quality that will be used to improve access to justice, legal options and/or services and assistance to immigrant crime victims and immigrant women. GRADING: Student grades for the seminar will be based on work at NIWAP and the quality of the completed seminar project (70%) and skills demonstrated during class participation (including oral communication, negotiating skills, creative problem solving, and legal drafting) (30%).
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