Immigration Clinic

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Immigration Clinic

Students in the Immigration Clinic represent low-income clients seeking humanitarian immigration relief. The majority of the clinic’s clients are seeking legal status in the United States because of persecution or violence they have suffered either in the United States or in their home country. Learn more


The Immigration Clinic offers both full-year and semester options; each semester is 4 credits (pass/fail).

Registration for the Immigration Clinic is limited to third-year students, selected by a lottery. A lottery registration meeting for Externship and Clinical Programs is held approximately one month into the spring semester of students’ second year.  Students are notified about the lottery through the student email listserv. After the lottery registration meeting, students are given an opportunity to register for their program preferences online. Students interested in the Immigration Clinic can choose between the full-year and semester-long options or can list both options on their clinic preference form.

Please note: Students may not enroll in any externship programs while enrolled in the Immigration Clinic.


Immigration Clinic students meet weekly at a regularly scheduled class time to discuss assigned readings and to review cases. These sessions will cover the practical lawyering skills and the relevant substantive law as well as provide an opportunity for students to lead discussion of the ethical, strategic, and systemic issues that arise in their cases. For their client representation, students will work in teams of two or three and have weekly team meetings with their faculty supervisor.  All students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic, be it for the year or for a semester, must attend the mandatory Clinic Intensive Weekend held near the beginning of the fall semester.

While there are no prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic have taken as a 2L or are concurrently taking any of the following: Immigration law, International Law, Forced Migration, Domestic Violence Law, International Human Rights Law, or Sanctuary Law. Additionally, students are encouraged to have previously taken or be taking concurrently Trial Advocacy and Evidence.

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