Established in the fall of 2009, the Immigration Clinic provides a challenging opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings. In addition to helping individual clients, students collaborate with other immigrant rights groups on projects that reform the law and advance the cause of social justice for immigrants.
The clinic is dedicated to being an integral part of the wider immigrant and human rights advocacy community in South Florida and the nation and works on a variety of Cases, Projects and Resources including Stopping Deportations To Haiti and Resources for Detainees in Immigration Proceedings.
All of the clinic's clients are in removal proceedings before immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or federal courts. The clinic accepts cases of detained and non-detained immigrants on a referral basis from legal service providers and other organizations.
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.)
As the primary advocates for their clients, students gain:
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.
Successfully Completed 32 Credits
2Ls Lindsey Adkin, Ross Militello, and Shireen Judeh talk about their hands-on experiences at detention centers and in the courtroom.
See photos of the Immigration Clinic in action on Flickr.
Immigration Clinic Hosts Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Innovative Immigration Defense Learn More
Immigration Clinic Wins Argument for Release of Detainee. Learn More
Immigration Clinic Students Halt Deportation of Torture Victim. Learn More
University of Miami School of Law students call for shutdown of immigration detention in Glades County Jail. Learn More
Miami Law Clinic Students Win Landmark Immigration Case. Learn More
Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation. Learn More
Immigration Clinic Fellow, Lindsay Adkin and her client outside of Broward County Court.
2L Alanna McCoy, delivered the clinic's presentation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Learn More.