Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe

Clinical Professor of Law


Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She directs the Seigle Immigration Clinic for Immigrant Youth and Families, which is part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center. In this position, she represents children, emerging adults, and parents in immigration court proceedings. She also teaches a clinical course and seminar on asylum and related forms of humanitarian status. As part of the clinical course, students represent live clients and grapple with many of the issues that experienced immigration attorneys deal with routinely. Her areas of expertise include asylum and other forms of humanitarian status, removal defense, and unaccompanied child migrants. 

Prior to joining the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Uzoamaka Nzelibe worked at Patton Boggs LLP, where she was an Associate in both the Employment Law Group and the Immigration Law Group and represented indigent clients seeking asylum as part of the firm’s pro bono program. Upon her move to Chicago, Illinois, Uzoamaka Nzelibe worked as an Associate for Novack and Macey, a civil litigation boutique law firm.

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Asylum
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Immigration Law


  • BS, Northwestern University
  • JD, New York University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Attorney, Bank One N.A.
  • Associate, Novack and Macey
  • Associate, Patton Boggs LLP
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, New York State Supreme Court

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