The Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG) joins Berkeley Law students in protecting immigrant rights through direct service and policy-based projects. We also bring together students interested in pursuing a career in immigration law. As members of BIG, students have diverse volunteer options, including preparing bond and parole packets for detained immigrants, 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. The vast majority of the work that students may engage in is remote, and we anticipate that we will be able to provide rewarding work to all BIG students, despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis. BIG also organizes and sponsors immigration-related events and provides students with networking opportunities with practitioners in the field. 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 twenty hours, at a minimum, each semester. Students are required to attend one mandatory training (4-6 hours) as well as one educational lunch event per semester. Members are also expected to attend a minimum of a one-hour team meeting every month.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.