The USC Gould School of Law has received funding to initiate the Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellowship, which will begin this summer.
The two-year fellowship offers the opportunity for clinical teaching in one or more of USC Gould’s clinical programs under the supervision of clinical faculty members with a concentration on cases or projects involving or affecting the rights of women and children.
“Our clinics provide opportunities for students to gain valuable legal skills while working on compelling public interest cases with real clients,” said Niels Frenzen, director of the Immigration Clinic and a clinical professor of law. “The new fellow will assist in supervising the case work as well as instruct students on the practical skills required to advocate effectively for their clients.”
The fellowship will focus on the Immigration Clinic, where students provide legal representation and advice to undocumented immigrants seeking asylum; the International Human Rights Clinic, where students seek justice on behalf of victims of human rights abuses; or the Post-Conviction Justice Project, where students provide legal representation to people who have been convicted of crimes and have exhausted their rights to a court-appointed attorney.
The fellowship is funded primarily by Audrey Irmas, a longtime supporter of USC and USC Gould. Four generations of her family have attended USC with four family members graduating from USC’s law school.