Kaci Bishop

Clinical Professor of Law, 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. She directs and teaches the Immigration Clinic, which provides direct assistance to those who have fled persecution in their home countries and to those who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, or other crimes. She also teaches Writing for the Bar, an upper-level legal writing course, and assists with the school’s academic success programs, including the Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP). Additionally, Bishop taught Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy for many years and co-developed and piloted the Transition to the Profession course as part of the first-year curriculum. Her scholarly interests include experiential and legal pedagogy, academic excellence, and humanitarian immigration law.

Bishop earned her B.A. from Smith College in Sociology and Peace & World Security Studies. She 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. While at the Justice Center, Bishop provided direct legal assistance and representation to low-income immigrants who were facing deportation, who had been persecuted in their home countries, or who were survivors of crimes, human trafficking, or intimate partner violence. Bishop is conversant in French and Spanish. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. She has completed the Haven, Safe Zone, UndocuCarolina, and Mental Health First Aid trainings.


  • 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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