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International Protection of Human Rights

Our clinics provide students with a wonderful opportunity to learn lawyering skills and at the same time offer high quality legal assistance to some of the community’s most vulnerable children and families. Students learn to navigate complicated bureaucracies and to support clients who are often confused and intimidated by the legal process.”

Public Interest Law Practice

Professor Andrea Ramos

35+ courses and seminars such as: Animal Law Employment Discrimination Law Environmental Law Federal Indian Law

Youth at Risk Seminar

Director of the Immigration Law Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law

Opportunities beyond the classroom:

B.A., magna cum laude, Sociology, 1988, Arizona State University; J.D., 1992, University of Southern California; Member, California State Bar Courses: Advanced Immigration Law Clinic; Immigration Appeals Practicum; Immigration Law Clinic

On-campus clinics: Children’s Rights, DFEH Civil Rights, Immigration Law and Street Law Externship placements such as: Alliance for Children’s Rights, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Disability Rights Legal Center, Natural Resources Defense Counsel, Public Counsel Practicums: Amicus Project, Appellate Litigation, Immigration Appeals, Youth Offender Parole Hearings Year-long Externship Program with Children’s Law Center of California Public Interest Summer Law Grants Silbert Public Interest Law Fellowships Public Service Program Public Interest Law Service Awards Public Interest Law Event Series Student organizations and activities: Animal Law Society, Homelessness Prevention Law Project, Hoover Elementary Mock Trial, Immigration Law Student Association, International Justice Mission, OneJustice and Justice Bus™, Public Interest Law Committee, Teen Court, Tax Law Society’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

CURRICULUM

A Focus on PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

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former litigator, Professor Ramos served for more than a decade on the staff of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono office in the country. She led the organization’s School-Based Legal Assistance Program and directed the Children’s Rights Project under which more than 700 volunteers assisted over 6,000 children annually in facilitating adoptions, securing legal guardianships, obtaining special education assistance, and conducting programs for pregnant and parenting teens. She represented children in Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, Violence Against Women Act and U-Visa cases, which would later become the focus of the Immigration Law Clinic that she established at Southwestern in 2008. Professor Ramos has served on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the ABA School-Based Legal Clinics Advisory Group.

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Catalog 2014  
Catalog 2014