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Immigration Law

Fall semester: 3 credits

Students in the one semester clinic will learn about U.S. immigration law and practice and assist Clinic clients in navigating the US immigration system.  Examples of case matters in which students will engage include representing victims of crime and domestic violence in seeking immigration benefits before USCIS and U.S. consulates abroad, representing applicants for naturalization and engaging in in-depth legal research in order to counsel clients about their legal options. Additionally, students in the one semester clinic research and prepare and present training materials on a focused immigration topic to staff of immigrant-serving community-based organizations.

“I gained the experience of working in a law firm environment. That was a very rewarding experience. Taking a clinic course is more hands-on and practical. DePaul’s Immigration Clinic provides an opportunity to serve low income clients while effectively learning the practice of immigration law.”
- Alum of the Immigration Law Clinic
“The Clinic provides an opportunity to assist an individual while learning, which is something that most classes can’t offer. You and your partner may be assigned one or multiple clients throughout your semester. The classroom section itself takes on a unique experience offering discussion-based work from dealing with the client to parsing through key immigration topics. If you dedicate yourself to the class and to your client then you will achieve the greatest reward. I hope everyone gets the most out of this great chance!”
- Alum of the Immigration Law Clinic

The clinic also offers several opportunities to become involved in immigration practice beyond the classroom and Chicago see the volunteer opportunities section for more information.


Course Information

Instructor: Michael Santomauro
Instruction: This course is a combination of lecture, in-class discussion, skills instruction, and client counseling. 
Number of Students: Up to 8 per semester.
711 License: A 711 license is not required to participate in the Immigration Law Clinic.
Prerequisites: None.​