Immigration Clinic

Law 398A






The Immigration Clinic provides students with an opportunity to represent clients in humanitarian immigration cases. Students in the year-long Clinic must enroll in and complete both semesters. Throughout the semester, we will meet for our weekly class time to review and discuss readings selected to more broadly advance your knowledge of the legal, cultural, and ethical issues involved in client representation.

In addition to the weekly seminar portion, the course includes case rounds, reflection papers, and client work.  The faculty supervisor assigns cases to students who work in teams of two or three, depending on the case or project.  Students are the primary client representatives and consult with each other before and during weekly team meetings with their faculty supervisor. Students prepare claims and advocate on behalf of immigrant clients, including:
  • asylum seekers,
  • battered immigrants applying for VAWA relief,
  • immigrants eligible for U (crime victim) Visas,
  • immigrants eligible for T (trafficking) Visas, and
  • immigrants with claims to U.S. citizenship or other claims for permanent residency status.

There may be opportunities for students to represent their clients in Immigration interviews, in the Charlotte Immigration Court, or in state court, depending on their clients' needs.

Immigration & Citizenship, Forced Migration, and Crimmigration.

There are no prerequisites.  Students are encouraged to be taking or have taken Immigration and Citizenship, International Law, International Human Rights Law, Forced Migration, Trial Advocacy, and Evidence.

K. Bishop

Fall, Spring
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