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Clinic Practice: Immigration Law

The Immigration Law Clinic is a broad-based immigration clinic representing low-income immigrants in proceedings before the immigration court, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The cases handled by the clinic are diverse and, depending on the availability of cases, usually include: asylum applicants, appeals of asylum denials, applicants for relief under the Violence Against Women¿s Act, immigrants eligible for T (trafficking) visas and/or U (crime victim) visas, as well as green card holders and undocumented immigrants facing removal from the United States. Our previous clients have included children, women and men from countries such as: Honduras, Guatemala, Ethiopia, China, Indonesia, Mauritania, Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania. Occasionally, students have worked on special policy projects, including traveling to Nigeria to assist in setting up a legal clinic for women and children. As part of the clinic, student lawyers are responsible primarily for interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting factual investigations, drafting pleadings and motions, preparing legal briefs, and representing clients at hearings before the immigration court, the BIA, DHS or the Chicago asylum office. Please note that second-year students are allowed to practice before the BIA, DHS, as well as the Chicago immigration court and asylum office; and, in the past, we have actually had second-year law students litigate cases before these bodies. Many of our witnesses and the documents we need to represent our clients are in other countries. Students will need to communicate through interpreters to obtain affidavits and documents needed for their cases. Additionally, some of our clients are detained and students will need to work with the appropriate agencies to advocate for their client¿s release from detention. Through course readings, lectures and discussions, students will garner the tools and insights necessary to represent their clients effectively. The class is currently scheduled for Fridays at 12:00 p.m. Upon agreement by the entire class and the instructor, the class will be changed to a different day and time. Second year students earn 3.0 credits. Third year students earn 4.0 credits.


Catalog Number: LITARB 728
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional LawLegal Skills Development


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Spring 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 0



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic: Immigration
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7



Summer 2011
Title: Clinic: Immigration
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 2     Actual: 1



Spring 2011
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8



Fall 2010
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8