Immigration Clinic: Prospective Student Requirements

Immigration Clinic Students

In the Immigration Clinic students have the primary responsibility for preparing cases from start to finish – from an initial factual investigation through to a final merits hearing in an adversarial setting. (Students do not need to be certified by the Florida Bar as certified legal interns in order to appear in court.)

The Immigration Clinic's classes focus on substantive law, legal ethics, and structured discussions about clinic cases while also developing lawyering skills and case strategy. A critical component of the class is participation in mock and moot exercises aimed at developing core abilities like interviewing, counseling, and courtroom skills.

Time Commitment

  • This clinic is a two-semester, 6 credits in-house, live-client clinic.
  • Casework and supervision: Students are required to spend an average of 3-4 hours per credit per week on clinic related casework, weekly supervision and class.
  • Class Requirement: Clinic class meets for one hour and twenty minutes twice a week.

Prerequisites

Successfully Completed 32 Credits

Why This Clinic? Student Perspective

Hear from various University of Miami School of Law students as to why representing live clients in the Immigration Clinic was one of their most fulfilling law school experiences, and why through the clinic in particular "We really work with a lot of people who have a real need, we're really their last resort ... before they're deported from the United States."
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Immigration Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E273
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-6092
Fax: 305-284-6093

LEADERSHIP


Rebecca Sharpless, Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education

Romy LernerRomy Lerner, Associate Director & Lecturer in Law

IN ACTION

Haiti Report
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University of Miami School of Law students call for shutdown of immigration detention in Glades County Jail.
University of Miami School of Law students call for shutdown of immigration detention in Glades County Jail.

Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation.Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation.

2L Alanna McCoy, delivered the clinic's presentation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
2L Alanna McCoy, delivered the clinic's presentation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Immigration Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E273
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-6092
Fax: 305-284-6093

LEADERSHIP


Rebecca Sharpless, Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education

Romy LernerRomy Lerner, Associate Director & Lecturer in Law

IN ACTION

Haiti Report
Click here for PDF version.

University of Miami School of Law students call for shutdown of immigration detention in Glades County Jail.
University of Miami School of Law students call for shutdown of immigration detention in Glades County Jail.

Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation.Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation.

2L Alanna McCoy, delivered the clinic's presentation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
2L Alanna McCoy, delivered the clinic's presentation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Click for Additional News Releases/Media