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Immigration & Advanced Immigration Law Clinics

​Immigration Law Clinic - Fall semester: 3 credits

Students learn about U.S. immigration law and practice and assist 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 research and prepare and present training materials on a focused immigration topic to staff of immigrant-serving community-based organizations.

Advanced Immigration Law Clinic - Spring semester: 3 credits

Under faculty supervision, students will provide pro bono representation to low-income immigrants and refugees impacted by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforcement practices, including providing information, consultation and representation on cutting edge immigration issues for foreign born nationals in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Students will have the opportunity to engage in immigration trial litigation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR").  The case types will include complex legal issues that require a strong understanding of immigration and removal defense. In addition to working with faculty, students will also engage with local practitioners on removal defense strategies.

In the Advanced Immigration Clinic, students will work in teams to provide quality, direct representation to individuals facing removal proceedings while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security. 

In general, the time commitment for the immigration law one-semester 3-credit course is 10-15 hours per week.  This is subject to change depending on the individual case. The Advanced Immigration Clinic will be offered in the spring semester.

Instructor permission is required to register.

“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

Instructors: James Fujimoto & Siobhan Albiol
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 for Immigration Law Clinic.  Applicants for the Advanced Immigration Clinic must have completed either the year-long asylum clinic or the semester-long immigration clinic to be considered or have comparable immigration experience.  Applicants with significant immigration history (such as former accredited representatives) but who have not taken immigration clinical courses will also be considered.