What does the Law Clinic offer?

Trained member students of the Refugee Law Clinic Mainz offer legal advice about questions of asylum law. Two advisors form a team on all occasions. Counselling also takes place under supervision of a lawyer following §6 RDG (Rechtsdienstleistungsgesetz – Judicial Services Bill). Hence, we cooperate with lawyers, who support the students should they reach the bounds of their expertise. Our typical cases include preparation for the BAMF (Bundesamt für Migration – Federal Office for Migration) hearing, information concerning said hearing, but also about the process of an asylum case or about the following of families and the chances of staying.

Counselling in matters of civil and criminal law are not possible. Furthermore, we do not represent in a court of law and do not prepare cases.

Our counsellors have completed a special training in asylum and migration law lasting half a year. However we point out, that our offer does not negate the necessity of having a lawyer.

For whom is our offer interesting and how much does it cost?

Our offer applies to all refugees in the area of Mainz, regardless of age, sex, skin colour, descent or religion. Counsel by the Law Clinic is free of charge. If a mandate takeover by a lawyer becomes necessary, related costs might apply which we cannot pay for unfortunately. We do not offer counselling via phone, Facebook or e-mail.

Where and when does the counsel take place and how do get there?

Counselling regularly takes place in the following rooms:

  • Mondays: room RW5 at the new ReWi building (Jakob-Welder-Weg 8, Mainz)
  • Fridays: room HS I at the old ReWi building (Jakob-Welder-Weg 4, Mainz)
    A map can be opened  here. 

The next counselling dates

Attention: During the current situation caused by COVID-19 all counselling appointments will be held via video conferencing through ZOOM. If you do not have access to any internet device, we are currently unable to give you any consultation.

Please note, that applying in advance is necessary for counselling sessions (see below). The following dates are not open for the public.

  • Monday, May 11th, from 10am to 2pm
  • Friday, May 15th, from 2pm to 6pm
  • Monday, May 18th, from 10am to 2pm
  • Friday, May 22nd, from 2pm to 6am
  • Monday, May 25th, from 10am to 2pm
  • Friday, May 29th, from 2pm to 6am

Appointments for open office hours

Please note that we cannot offer any open office hours during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Since December 2019 we are offering open office hours from 6pm to 8 pm at the Café of the Caritas-Center „Delbrêl“ (Aspeltstr. 10)

The office hour is found every second Monday of the month. A registration is not required. All refugees from the Mainz area are welcomed and the consultation will be free of any charge.

How can I apply for counselling? What do I have to bring?

Our counselling sessions are essentially only open for people who have applied via the form or the contact address. Applying via phone is not possible at this time. If you have send an application, you will receive a confirmation by one of our personal within three work days (Monday to Friday), which will confirm time, place and date of the session. We can unfortunately not guarantee the availability of a team of counsellors at your requested date. Applying a good deal in advance is a sensible course of action. We ask, that you complete the application form as thorough as possible, for our counsellors to be able to prepare as best as possible.

Additionally it is sensible to bring passports and any letters that you have received from official instances so far.