Thursday, December 6, 2018

Teaching Interviewing Skills in Immigration Context - Great New Resource by Laila Hlass & Lindsay Harris


(Laila Hlass)



(Lindsay Harris)

Looking for a way to freshen up how you teach interviewing skills in an immigration clinic (or any clinic involving actual clients), externship or a simulation course?  Interested in integrating lawyering skills into teaching asylum and other humanitarian relief in a doctrinal immigration law course?  Or training students for a short-term volunteer opportunity?

Laila Hlass(Tulane) and Lindsay Harris (UDC) have developed a video tool for teaching interviewing skills to law students.  Featured earlier this fall on the Clinical Law Prof Blog, the videos take place in the immigration context and raise a number of common interviewing challenges, including language access issues.  The authors have recorded a great introductory video explaining the project, which is comprised of two interview videos that feature clinical law students conducting client interviews.   The first video involves an initial interview of a teenager seeking asylum in removal proceedings, while the second video involves a monolingual Spanish speaker seeking a U visa. 

Bonus:  a teacher's guide is available for us with the videos, available upon request from Professors Hlass or Harris.   


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