Legal Aid Strategies

There are many different techniques which can be applied in cases to achieve the restoration of your client’s rights. These may be oral, written or in-person advocacy.

Written and oral advocacy both requires a specific skill sets, and each can be improved upon with training and practice. In the context of a refugee rights organization, advocacy will differ from what is traditionally taught in law schools. Depending on your advocates’ backgrounds, they may have to unlearn some traditional assumptions about advocacy.

The appropriateness of each strategy should be analyzed on an individual basis. Strategies may be used in combination or isolation. Part of your duties to develop a comprehensive case strategy is also to stay¬†on top of legal decisions and developments, and political and humanitarian changes in the country of origin which may affect an RSD case. Also remember to be updating your client’s file in your paper records and/or in your client database on a regular basis.