What is a refugee law clinic?

A refugee law clinic (rlc) provides free legal information to asylum seekers and migrants. Legal information is provided by law students and graduates who have been trained in asylum law by the rlc educational program. This is for the benefit of both sides: students specialize in asylum law and gain practical experience, and migrants have access to free legal information.

rlcs are integral part of, or attached to a university’s law faculty. Supervision is conducted by law professors and experienced migration lawyers. Complex cases and cases requiring court proceedings are referred to lawyers. rlcs thus consist of current and future asylum law scholars and practitioners.

Numerous rlcs have been founded during the last few years in Germany, and the concept is becoming increasingly popular and supported by universities and lawyers.