The Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG) seeks to provide pro bono opportunities to Berkeley Law students passionate about protecting immigrants’ rights, while also bringing together students interested in pursuing a career in immigration law. As members of BIG, students have diverse volunteer options, including preparing bond packets for detained immigrants, conducting know your rights trainings at immigration court, immigration court observations, and fundraising for BIG’s immigration bond fund. Students who speak Spanish will have opportunities to contribute their language skills to BIG’s work, but there are also ample opportunities for those who do not. BIG also organizes and sponsors events to expose Berkeley Law students to important and innovative immigration work, and to provide them with immigration law networking opportunities. Members have the option of either dedicating themselves exclusively to their BIG volunteer work, or to committing fewer pro bono hours to BIG while still being a part of our organization.
Supervision: Students in BIG provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys at Centro Legal de la Raza.
Time Commitment: Time commitment will vary depending on which projects students choose to participate in. We expect students will contribute five hours, at a minimum, each semester. Members are expected to attend a one-hour team meeting every month.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.