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About the Clinic

Students in the Afghanistan Assistance Clinic represent individuals at risk in Afghanistan by interviewing clients, conducting research on country conditions, writing affidavits, and filing humanitarian parole or asylum applications.

Students will learn to overcome the unique challenges attorneys face when representing clients from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn general immigration law, humanitarian parole, asylum, and related forms of relief in-class lectures, and in the course of representing clients. Students will also learn advanced legal writing techniques, persuasive storytelling, the use of human rights and other reports, and effective argument within complex legal frameworks.

Students will complete all tasks necessary to zealously represent their client, including drafting a humanitarian parole application, affidavits, and motions; maintaining client contact via telephone or individual meetings; and locating witnesses and relatives. Depending on the case, students may also prepare and file asylum applications.

In addition, students will develop skills such as advanced legal research, factual development and analysis (including interviewing, transcript review, and international human rights research), collaboration, cultural competency, and self-evaluation.

Contact Clinic Faculty


Contact Us

Stephen Yale-Loehr
Professor of Immigration Law Practice
(607) 255-0348
Cornell Law School
246 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

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