Ondine Sniffin

Ondine SniffinAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

Contact Information

galvezsniffin@hotmail.comImmigration Law Education & Advocacy Project

Ondine Sniffen is an attorney with Mills and Born LLP, where she has an immigration law practice. Prior to joining the firm she was the legal director of the Immigration Law, Education & Advocacy Project of Catholic Social Services of Fall River, where she provides direct legal representation in Immigration Court to immigrants in southeastern Massachusetts.

Courses Taught

LSM.869Refugee and Asylum Law

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Course Description

This seminar will focus on asylum law and practice in the US within the context of international refugee law and human rights policy. Specific topics to be addressed include the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, the Refugee Act of 1980, and other related policies and statutes. To expose students to the practical aspects and problems of asylum advocacy and practice, the class may watch one or more videos on the asylum process, have the opportunity to observe asylum hearings in immigration court, or may have the option of working on a part of a real asylum case. Students have the option of writing a seminar paper or drafting a brief for an asylum case.

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Course Credits


Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Ondine Sniffin
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.