Course Details

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. 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. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

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

Course History


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


Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7


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


Spring 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Immigration Law
Faculty: Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Emeka (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7


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