Nature of Student Work

The Immigration Clinic is a year-long commitment, in which students directly represent non-citizens in a range of immigration matters and collaborate with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations on projects aimed at effecting broader social change. Past Clinic students have conducted hearings in immigration court, represented clients in agency interviews, filed federal court litigation, participated in appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Many of the Clinic’s clients are incarcerated at the Northwest Detention Center due to their civil immigration cases. The Clinic operates on a model of student ownership, in which students act as the primary lawyer for the client under the supervision of the faculty director

All students are encouraged to apply for the Clinic, particularly students with a desire to obtain core lawyering skills and develop their professional identities, as well as a passion for using the law to transform the lives of other people and society at large. 

Selection of Students for Clinic Seats

  1. Students are required to have taken Immigration Law (A577) or be enrolled in the class;
  2. Students who rank the Immigration Clinic their #1 in priority on your online "Clinic Request" form during preregistration;
  3. Students with interest or experience in immigration law, or a desire to practice immigration law;
  4. 3Ls who have not taken a clinic;
  5. Language skills, as needed for any current clients.

In addition to the application, submission of a current résumé is required. The Clinic Director may also interview the applicants.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer interpreter for the Immigration Clinic during the 2020-21 academic year, please contact Clinic Director Jennifer Koh at jkoh2@uw.edu to learn more.  Volunteers will be required to attend a training on best practices for interpreters and to sign a confidentiality agreement.