Immigration Clinic

Students in the Immigration Clinic represent indigent clients in humanitarian immigration cases, including asylum, VAWA/U visas/T visas, and special juvenile immigration status (SIJS) cases. There may be opportunities for students to represent their clients in immigration interviews, in the Charlotte Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or in state court, depending on their clients’ needs.

Enrollment Options and Credit Hours

  • Full year (fall and spring semester) – 4 credit hours per semester
  • Fall semester only – 4 credit hours
  • Spring semester only – 4 credit hours

Skills Learned

  • Interviewing and counseling
  • Client-centered and cross-cultural lawyering
  • Trauma-informed lawyering
  • Working with Interpreters
  • Fact investigation
  • Affidavit and brief writing
  • Administration law research
  • Case planning
  • Developing a case theory
  • Building a record for appeal
  • Responding to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Becoming comfortable and effective in the face of uncertainty
  • Legal ethics
  • Professional responsibility
  • Reflection
  • Case management
  • Professional communications
  • Self-care as attorney
  • Receiving and learning from feedback from supervisors and peers
  • Administrative advocacy

Requirements

  • Pre- or co-requisite courses: None
  • Recommended courses: Immigration and Citizenship, International Law, International Human Rights Law, Forced Migration, Trial Advocacy, Evidence

Faculty

Clinical Associate Professor of Law
(919) 962-1527 | kcbishop@email.unc.edu
3078 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall