Dan Smulian

Associate Professor of Clinical Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-0338 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Immigration Law
Public Interest Law

B.A., University of Virginia
M. Phil., Yale University
J.D., New York University School of Law

Clinic - Safe Harbor

Students work in teams to represent individuals in a range of cases affecting their status and entitlements in the United States. Many cases involve applications for asylum, and some involve the immigration status of lawful permanent residents or victims of domestic violence. In most cases students appear either in Immigration Court or before other administrative hearing officers. Students conduct factual investigations concerning their client's history in their native land and their time in the United States. They also conduct in-depth research into the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of the countries of origin of their clients. Students interview and counsel clients, prepare all of the applications or petitions required by the administrative process of the USCIS, present the claim before an asylum officer or immigration judge, administrative appeals, and, when necessary, seek judicial review in federal court. Seminar Credits: 2.00 Seminar: The clinic includes a 2-credit seminar in which students are taught specific substantive and procedural law, as well as the lawyering skills related to advocacy on behalf of immigrants, and discuss the difficult ethical issues that often arise in these cases.

Enrollment Notes:

Students generally enroll for one semester only, but may be permitted to enroll for a second semester depending on the needs of the clients and their cases.

Immigration Practice Externship

This externship is designed for students who wish to gain experience in immigration law, working at externships in the immigration field for 12 to 14 hours a week. The externship is coupled with a one credit seminar that provides a space for students to reflect on their practice, particularly in light of the current national debate surrounding immigration and immigrant's rights, and to delve deeper in to the history, public policy and ethical landscape surrounding this area of law. The seminar will meet every two weeks for two hours. Students can seek the assistance of Prof. Smulian and the Public Service Law Center to secure their externships or can find their own placements.


Pass/fail only. Seminar Credit: 1.00 There will be a 2-hour seminar every other week which is letter grade only.

Enrollment Notes:

Students may enroll for one semester only

Introduction to Public Interest Lawyering

This course examines the history, strategies, and ethics of public interest lawyering. Through lecture, small group discussions and skills trainings we will explore the modalities of public interest lawyering and techniques public interest lawyers use to effectively advocate for their clients. Students will be required to complete scholarly readings and contribute to small and large group discussions.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students will be required to write a number of short reflection papers and to complete a take home final paper.