The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) represents refugees seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the United States because of threatened persecution in their home countries. Students in CALS assume primary responsibility for the representation of these refugees. CALS' professors and fellows help students prepare for their cases through weekly classes, simulation exercises, tutorial meetings, and mock hearings conducted a few days before real hearings are held. The teacher/student ratio is 1:4, ensuring extensive supervision in the preparation and execution of each case.

For more information about CALS, please click on these links:
Information for students who are considering applying to CALS:
Basic information
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10-minute video for prospective students
Our educational goals

Our teaching methods

CALS on Court TV
(5 Minutes)

Our clinic instructors

Information for lawyers who are considering applying for a CALS Graduate Teaching Fellowship 

Clinic Logistics

Credits: 10
Duration: Semester, Fall or Spring
No. of Participants:
12 students/semester
Open to:
Approximately equal number of 2Ls and 3Ls (minimum 3.0 GPA)
Avg. Time Commitment:
35 hours/week

Client Work

Students work in pairs on at least one major case during the semester. The students interview the client;research the human rights record of the country of origin; develop documentary and testimonial records showing the client either suffered past persecution or will suffer future persecution if forced to return; locate and prepare witnesses; and represent the client at a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

Contact Us

Center for Applied Legal Studies
Georgetown Law
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Suite 332
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 662-9565

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