The Immigration Law Clinic is open to 2Ls and 3Ls and provides an intensive, live-client representation experience in which students represent non-citizens in their defensive proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Student clinicians are responsible for all aspects of their clients’ cases, including but not limited to client interviewing and counseling, legal research, fact gathering and investigation, motions practice, case theory development, representation of clients at every stage of immigration proceedings, and case file management and documentation.
This clinic prepares students for the practice of law using a combination of classroom learning, individual supervision of litigation, and field work. The course component includes simulations, hypotheticals, guest speakers, and reflective journal assignments, as well as guided discussion and lectures on substantive law, procedure, and concepts relevant to the field of immigration law. The practicum involves regular client meetings, general casework and maintenance, community outreach and education, and individual supervision sessions in which students receive feedback on all case- and outreach-related activities. Students may represent their clients individually or in teams depending upon the complexity of the respective case. Because many of our clients do not speak English, students must learn how to effectively communicate and build rapport with clients through an interpreter.