Immigration has become one of the most prominent political and human rights issues in the United States. Students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic take on significant case responsibilities on behalf of the most vulnerable immigrants who would otherwise face the deportation process without representation. Under the leadership of Professor Elora Mukherjee, an internationally recognized authority on immigrants’ rights who makes frequent appearances in the media, the clinic works in conjunction with or on behalf of national and local organizations devoted to immigration reform. Students take on cutting edge projects involving regulatory and legislative reform, impact litigation, and public education.
There is no right to government-appointed legal counsel in U.S. immigration proceedings. Even children do not have a right to counsel in removal proceedings, and they are often forced to navigate the immigration court system alone, in a language they do not understand. Working under the guidance of the clinic’s faculty, students represent asylum seekers from around the world who are facing deportation. Students who continue in the clinic beyond a single semester have the opportunity to work on more complex casework and take on varied forms of advocacy.