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Practice of Immigration Law: Practicum

This 2-4 credit practicum (2 for the class; optional 2 for a placement) lets you experience what it’s like to practice immigration law. We’ll focus on the types of client matters that most immigration attorneys handle (regardless of whether they work in private practice, for a nonprofit organization, or for a government agency): naturalization; family-based immigration; asylum; and inadmissibility waivers. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to select a topic that most interests them (such as T or U nonimmigrant visas, special immigrant juvenile status, VAWA self-petitions, DACA, humanitarian parole, parole-in-place, or cancellation of removal) and then present it to the class. Although immigration law is the substantive focus of the course, students will learn about and develop many skills that are transferable to, and crucial for success in, virtually all areas of legal practice. Students who wish to do the optional 2 credit internship should contact the professor as soon as possible (preferably by December 1) to discuss requirements and possible placements.