UCLA Law helps create first-ever immigration clinic at a K-12 public school

UCLA Law has partnered with the university's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Los Angeles Unified School District to create the nation's first-ever immigration law clinic on a K-12 public school campus. 

The Immigrant Family Legal Clinic is located at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown and will provide no-cost legal support to students and their families. The clinic is a rare collaboration between a public school district, a law school and a graduate school of education..

"UCLA Law is enormously proud to launch a clinic in the heart of one of Los Angeles' most diverse neighborhoods, on a public school campus that is central to the lives and successes of immigrant families," said UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin. "The Immigrant Family Legal Clinic provides a much-needed public service to one of the most densely populated immigrant communities in America as well as an unrivaled educational opportunity for our law school students."

Under the supervision of UCLA School of Law faculty, law students are working with students who attend any of the six autonomous schools at the RFK complex, and their parents. The clinic delivers a range of legal services, including representing unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers, and separately provides information and counseling about immigration and related legal matters to the broader community of students, teachers and residents.

In addition to UCLA and LAUSD, several Los Angeles nonprofit legal service providers and national advocacy organizations are partners in the clinic, bringing a broad array of resources to the school community and amplifying its impact. The initiative is funded in part by a $1 million gift to UCLA Law from an anonymous donor.

Among the six autonomous schools on the RFK campus is the UCLA Community School, a research-guided K-12 school with a curriculum committed to equity and access for underserved students in Los Angeles.

Koreatown is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with a vibrant mix of recent immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Korea and elsewhere.

The clinic began providing services earlier this year.