Kaci Bishop

Clinical Professor of Law

(919) 962-1527
3078 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

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 and is co-developing and co-teaching the school’s Transition to the Profession pilot for first-year students. She taught Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy for many years and will be teaching Writing for the Bar, an upper-level writing course in 2020 spring semester. Bishop also assists with the Writing and Learning Resources Center academic success programs, including the Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP) as part of Orientation. 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.


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

Selected Publications

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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