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USC Gould Student, Faculty, and Staff Immigrant Legal Advice Project
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What the Project Does:
The Legal Advice Project provides free, confidential legal consultations and referrals to USC students, faculty, and staff who may be at risk of deportation, who are seeking to naturalize, or who have questions regarding their legal status and legal rights under the immigration laws. The Project is funded by the Office of the Provost.
Who staffs the Project?
The Project is staffed by USC Gould clinical faculty who are attorneys, Gould staff and Gould law students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic.
Who Does the Project Assist?
The Project provides assistance to USC students, faculty, and staff with the following types of issues:
- Individuals outside of the US with visas or LPR (green card) status who are having difficulty returning to the US;
- Individuals with DACA or who previously had DACA and who are seeking to renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);
- Undocumented individuals;
- Individuals arrested by immigration authorities or who believe they are in danger of being arrested by immigration authorities;
- Individuals seeking to naturalize and become US citizens;
- Individuals who otherwise have a need for advice or representation.
International students and scholars should continue to seek advice from USC's Office of International Services, and international faculty and staff should continue to seek advice from Faculty/Staff Visa Services (FSVS).
How do I contact the Project?
Please contact us by telephone or email. Call the Project at 213-740-0497 (collect calls accepted) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
If you contact us by email, please provide a short description of your issue in order to facilitate our response to your needs. If you have an urgent need, please be sure to make that clear if you leave a voicemail message or send an email.
What will the Project do for me?
When you contact us, we will conduct a short screening interview over the telephone to determine whether we can assist you directly with advice, brief service, assistance with completing certain immigration applications and petitions, or provide you with a referral.
If we are able to provide you with advice, brief service, or assistance with completing and filing an immigration application, we will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your case in more depth and provide you with advice or assistance. Our office is located in the USC Gould School of Law, Musick Law Building, on the University Park campus.
If needed, we can also provide referrals to other legal organizations and attorneys, including pro bono attorneys.
Group Legal Advice Presentations:
If you would like the Project to provide a group presentation to a student organization or to a unit or department within USC, please contact us by email at email@example.com. We are providing general Know Your Rights presentations addressing changing immigration laws and policies.
Other Resources at USC:
- Provost's web site with relevant communications, services, and programs for international and immigrant students
- Office of International Services
- Faculty/Staff Visa Services
- Office of Religious Life
- El Centro Chicano
- Asian Pacific American Students Services
- Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs
- LGBT Resource Center
- Veterans Resource Center
Know Your Rights Information (for all persons, but especially DACA and Undocumented Immigrants)
Statements and Other Information from the University:
Getting a Foundation in U.S. Law
July 28, 2017
Students from around the globe join USC Gould for legal education this summer
Remaking Our Legal System for a Better Tomorrow
July 25, 2017
Prof. Gillian Hadfield’s “Rules for a Flat World” takes on the future of law
Addressing the Refugee Crisis in Los Angeles
June 29, 2017
Panelists raise awareness of legal and public health consequences of new federal policies