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#896: Asylum Law Project

Currently Registered
Last Registered
September 29, 2015
Registration Expiration Date
September 30, 2016
Campus Life Program
Political and Social Action


About this Group

Group Description
Asylum Law Project exists to provide a meaningful public interest opportunity for law students. First-year students travel throughout the U.S. during winter or spring breaks to provide pro bono legal assistance to organizations that work with political refugees. The project fills a substantial need for legal assistance to underrepresented political refugees seeking assistance with asylum applications. It also allows first-year law students to gain practical experience in several areas, including: interviewing clients, learning current asylum law, presenting oral arguments, working with interpreters, and assisting people who may have been victims of religious or political persecution. ALP hosts an immigration/asylum law training session for interested students, holds fundraisers, and works to secure grants to partially fund students’ trips. It also works to make connections and provide asylum service opportunities to students in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Group's principal activities, events, or programs:
ALP’s principle activities are volunteer service-trips to cities including Miami, El Paso, and Minneapolis to gain real-world experience by working full-time for one week non-profit organizations that assist persons seeking asylum. To make these trips possible, ALP hosts several fundraising events, including our annual Silent Auction.
How this group's activities benefit the University community:
ALP’s activities benefit the University community by giving first year law students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the legal community, while filling an important community need and contributing to the social good. ALP builds meaningful relationships with outside organizations, while demonstrating to others the Law School’s value of serving the public interest. ALP also helps to raise awareness about important issues concerning immigration and asylum on campus.
How this group fits into its categories:
ALP is a political and social action organization because we are dedicated to helping political refugees seek asylum in the United States through volunteerism.
How to get involved with this group:
To get involved with ALP, please contact Rajin Olson ( to get information on upcoming meetings. Students can also visit our Facebook page:‎
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Tony Diggs Excellence Awards:


Outstanding Graduate / Professional Student Group


Contact Info

229 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455


CLP Dept. Head and Advisor
Nubia Esparza
Lynne McMullen
Charles Hamilton
An Hoang
Liz Young
Kathryn Burkart