Nature of Student Work

Students in this year-long Clinic will represent people in immigration cases in administrative hearings before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and adversarial removal hearings at the Immigration Court, principally at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Clinic's goal is to give students the opportunity to be "first-chair" counsel, under the Clinic Director's supervision, working in teams of two. The clinic prioritizes representing detained persons, who may be applying for asylum or other forms of relief from deportation before an Immigration Judge. That said, given USCIS and Court scheduling and the academic calendar, students may work on a variety of different types of cases, including applications for citizenship, residency, or possibly appeals of removal orders.

Even if you are not planning a career in the field of immigration law, do not hesitate to apply for the Clinic. In the Clinic you may develop a variety of professional skills, including client interviewing, fact investigation, specialized legal research, writing declarations and briefs, direct and cross examinations and presenting opening and closing statements while representing clients.

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.