Immigration Law Clinic
This yearlong clinical course is offered in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center, and course meetings are held onsite at the firm. LAJC’s clinics are designed to educate students about the range of strategies used by attorneys to identify, investigate and attack systemic injustices, encouraging holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering.
This clinic is more than free counsel for qualifying clients, but also a community service providing an orientation to basic rights and available services to walk-ins and the wider community. For example, the clinic not only is taking some of the new “Dreamer” cases of undocumented youth, but coordinating a community outreach effort.
Clients come from diverse backgrounds and frequently have unusual factual scenarios that bring them to the doors of Legal Aid. Students are expected to work with the clients and understand what they want and what we can pursue for them through available legal mechanisms. Women victims of violence are a priority with the clinic and can qualify for asylum and other special remedies such as through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U visa petitions. The clinic currently has several so-called gang asylum cases from Central America. Other categories of cases include clients appealing denials of applications for status, clients appealing for special categorization or procedures and clients who have cases complicated by past criminal or immigration history.
In the News
- 3.29.18 Students Secure Bond for Father Facing Deportation
- 4.19.16 Immigration Law Clinic Student Tells Story of Winning Asylum for Client
- 12.3.15 Immigration, Appellate Clinics Win Key Component of 4th Circuit Asylum Appeal
- 5.9.14 From Dark Days to a Brighter Future, Immigration Law Clinic Helps Clients Triumph Over Abuse
- 12.20.11 Clinic Helps Immigrants on Path to Earning U.S. Residency
- 4.8.10 Immigration Law Clinic Helps Client, Daughter Achieve Permanent Resident Status
- 5.26.09 Immigration Law Clinic Credited with Family's Reunification
- 7.18.08 Immigration Law Clinic Teaches Students, Serves Community