Preparing for the Individual Hearing
In the weeks leading up to your client’s individual hearing, you will prepare your client and any witnesses to testify. The materials on this page will help you prepare for the hearing.
This video contains a mock asylum hearing for an asylum seeker from Guinea. It includes a direct and cross examination of the asylum seeker, as well as direct and cross examination of two experts and closing arguments.
This practice guide provides check lists so that you know what information and documents to review with your client prior to the hearing; what to bring with you; and the types of objections you should be prepared to make at your Individual Hearing.
Direct examination provides the asylum seeker the opportunity to tell their story to the IJ and is critical to the success of the case. This advisory will discuss the basics of direct examination and will give tips and strategies to volunteers.
In Immigration Court, closing arguments need to be persuasive, compelling, and concise. This practice guide provides tips on delivering a successful closing argument.