College of Law > About > Diversity, Equity & Inclusion > Undocumented DACAmented Students
DePaul Law welcomes undocumented and DACAmented students, and the entire College of Law community supports their success. Our strong commitment is consistent with our Vincentian values of dignity and personalism, as well as our commitment to providing access to education to a diverse student population. We know that our undocumented and DACAmented students will shine, becoming outstanding, purpose-driven lawyers, leaders and advocates based on their unique experiences and contributions.
DePaul welcomes undocumented and DACAmented students to apply to the College of Law. Undocumented and DACAmented students should follow the same application procedures as United States citizens and permanent residents.
DePaul and other organizations offer scholarships specifically dedicated to underprivileged groups and communities, including undocumented and DACAmented students, including:
● DePaul University Undocumented Student Support
● MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide (please note that some scholarships do require TPS, DACA or other status)
● Illinois Dream Fund
More information about tuition and financial aid at DePaul can be found in the DePaul University DREAM Resource Guide.
DePaul Law Career Services (LCS) is available to help undocumented and DACAmented students navigate internships during law school and employment after graduation, and the office also provides programming and other opportunities to connect with potential employers and alumni of the College of Law. Please contact Kathryn Liss KLISS3@depaul.edu with any questions.
DePaul College of Law has several undocumented and DACAmented student mentoring opportunities. The First Generation Law Student Organization has a peer mentoring program that provides diverse first-year students with second- and third-year student mentors. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Click here for information on additional student mentoring opportunities.
Diverse IL students: One of the strong recommendations made by the Diversity Council in its diversity plan for DePaul Law was the need for professional mentoring for our diverse students. While we understand that all of our incoming students could benefit from a professional alumni mentor, we determined that certain students–including undocumented/DACAmented students—could benefit the most in our mentoring program to ease their transition and reinforce the communities created by student affinity groups and bar associations. Please email Ana Vazquez-Rivera, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Student Life, email@example.com for more information.
Illinois law permits DACA beneficiaries’ admission to the Illinois bar and prohibits state officials from denying professional licenses based on immigration or citizenship status.
In New York, an otherwise eligible applicant to practice law in the state cannot be denied due to immigration status.
The State Bar of California is authorized to issue a license to practice law to an otherwise eligible applicant, even if that person is not lawfully in the United States.
For questions regarding other state bars, please contact the director of the Bar Passage Program, Jamie Kleppetsch, at JKLEPPET@depaul.edu.
Both Illinois and Chicago welcome immigrants.
In 2017, Illinois enacted the TRUST Act, which prohibits local police from complying with immigration detainers and warrants not issued by a judge. Under the TRUST Act, local police cannot stop, search or arrest anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status.
The Chicago Welcoming City Ordinance prohibits local agencies from asking immigrants about their legal status while seeking city services or talking with Chicago police officers, and prevents Chicago Police from honoring immigration detainers or warrants, cooperating with ICE enforcement operations or directly share information with ICE. See the Mayor’s Office of New Americans.
No Cost or Low-Cost Legal Assistance
● Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has a list of low-cost service providers and list of attorney referrals.
● National Immigration Justice Center Know Your Rights: New Guidelines for ICE Enforcement
● DePaul College of Law Society for Asylum & Immigration Law (SAIL)
● Dream Bar Association
● United We Dream
● Immigrants Rising
● Dream Activist
● My Undocumented Life
DePaul College of Law is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our undocumented and DACAmented students. Please see the below free and low-cost health and wellness resources:
● ACCESS Community Health Network is the Chicago area’s largest provider of community health care and includes a behavioral health department
● Coalition for Immigrants Mental Health provides mental health resources, including lists of mental health resource directories in English and Spanish
● Wellness programs at the College of Law
● DePaul University Resources for Serving Undocumented Students