Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic
The Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic (BILC) coordinates with the Asian Law Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) to provide free immigration law assistance to low-income immigrants in the Bay Area. Law students work directly with economically-disadvantaged immigrants and help them to file documents mandated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Students meet with clients and help prepare USCIS forms and documents, including family petitions, naturalizations, declaration letters and other official citizen and immigration papers. Students who are conversational in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Hmong will have opportunities to use and refine their language skills. The Students may provide services in San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose, with weekend clinics frequently scheduled in San Francisco Chinatown and San Jose Japantown. Students typically stay to eat lunch with other volunteers, a group that usually includes Berkeley and Boalt graduates, students and alumni from other nearby law schools and local legal professionals.