Inter-American Students

Melody Aguilar

Melody Aguilar
Hometown: Stockton, CA (born in Lima, Peru)
Major: Sociology and Legal Studies

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Inter-American Curriculum

In addition the courses listed below, McGeorge offers several Latin-America focused comparative and international courses as part of its bilingual Summer Program in Guatemala.

Immigration Law

This course covers legal issues and policies pertaining to non-U.S. citizens of the United States, including the regulation of their admission into and removal from the United States, and, as to some, their naturalization as U.S. citizens within the border, particularly of undocumented immigrants.

This course also critically examines how and why the rights of non-citizens who are in U.S. territory differ from the rights of citizens. These topics are covered from various perspectives, including constitutional law, human rights, ethics, morality and history.

Immigration Law Clinic

Students provide legal assistance to low-income clients on immigration matters and direct representation in adjustment of status and naturalization matters, such as family petitions. Concurrent or prior enrollment in Immigration and Nationality Law course is required.

Latin American Comparative Law

This course introduces students to the richness and diversity of the Latin American legal tradition through cases, legal documents, and commentaries. It also compares the law of Latin America to that of Europe and the United States. As well, the course introduces students to the transformation of Latin American laws and legal institutions through rule of law reforms promoted principally by the United States.

Legal Spanish (taught in Spanish)

This course prepares bilingual students and students who are proficient in Spanish, to represent Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. legal system, or to work in Spanish on matters involving U.S.-Latin American relations. The course introduces students to important vocabulary and emphasizes skills in areas of law most likely to require lawyering in Spanish. The course also includes discussion of topics important to cross-cultural lawyering, including the use of interpreters by U.S. lawyers and the courts.

Lawyering for Immigrants

This course offers students the opportunity to provide know-your-rights presentations and legal consultations to immigrants in the broader Sacramento region in response to community needs, including helping immigrants file for naturalization or other types of available relief such as temporary protected status, deferred action, or legalization. Students will be trained on the substantive law required to provide the consultation and will be introduced to the skills of problem solving, communication, client counseling, and ethical standards and professionalism.