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Immigration Clinic Research

Resources on country conditions, U.S. immigration law and practice, and California family law for students in the immigration clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law

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Suzanne Mawhinney
Suzanne Mawhinney
Zief Law Library
University of San Francisco School of Law
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


This guide is designed for students in USF's Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic.

It covers:

  • Sites for finding information about conditions in specific countries 
  • Practice materials on immigration and asylum law
  • Practice materials on California family law.

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USF faculty, students, and staff can receive research help through our live chat service Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (fall term chat hours). 

  • We are closed for the following fall holidays: September 4 (Labor Day); Nov. 23-24 (Thanksgiving)
  • Occasionally, other chat closures may occur with short notice. For the most up-to-date notice of scheduling changes, refer to our Twitter feed: @usflawlib or the ZiefBrief Blog

Chat/IM is best for relatively discrete, straightforward questions. If you have a complicated question or project, the librarian on duty may ask you to make an appointment for a virtual research consultation. If you have reached us during our off hours, please consider submitting your question through our secure Ask the Zief Librarians page

This service is only for members of the USF community.


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