Kaci Bishop

Martha Brandis Term Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Director of the Immigration Clinic

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic Support
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Client Counseling
  • Gender Violence
  • Immigration Law
  • Interviewing and Client Counseling
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Writing
  • Public Interest Law


Kaci Bishop joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2012 and serves as the Martha Brandis Term Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Experiential Education. She also directs and teaches the Immigration Clinic, which assists those who have fled persecution in their home countries and those who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, or other crimes. Bishop has previously taught Writing for the Bar and Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy. She has also assisted with the school’s academic success programs, including the Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP), and co-developed and piloted the Transition to the Profession course for incoming first-year students. In 2024, she received the Faculty Member of the Year Pro Bono Publico Award. Her scholarly interests include experiential and legal pedagogy, academic excellence, and humanitarian immigration law.

Bishop earned her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, during her 3L year, she served as the Director of the Pro Bono Board and was inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society in recognition of her personal and academic excellence. Following law school, Bishop clerked for the Honorable Linda McGee at the North Carolina Court of Appeals before becoming a staff attorney with the Immigrants Legal Assistance Project with the North Carolina Justice Center. Bishop is licensed to practice in North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has completed the Haven, Safe Zone, UndocuCarolina, and Mental Health First Aid trainings. She also was selected into the Carolina Dialogue Across Difference Program in 2022-23 and the Women ADVANCE Leadership program in 2023-24. She is conversant in French and Spanish.


  • B.A., Smith College
  • J.D. (honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Publications

Turducken™ Legal Writing: Deconstructing the Multi-State Performance Test Genre (Kaci Bishop and Alexa Chew), 26 LEGAL WRITING: J. LEGAL WRITING INST. 113 (2022).
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Unconventional Actors, 44 N.C. J. INT’l L. 519 (2019).
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Framing Failure in the Legal Classroom: Techniques for Encouraging Growth and Resiliency, 70 ARK. L. REV. 959 (2018).
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Cut Clutter with 'Checklist-Find':Using Technology to Teach Effective, Efficient Revision (with co-author Katie Rose Guest Pryal), June 1, 2015.

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