Information for Students

I feel especially fortunate to be learning from Professor Dortch in UW’s Immigration Law Clinic.  In what is proving to be a watershed experience for me in law school, this clinic is teaching me a ton about law and advocacy in a context that truly matters.  It’s a real honor to serve immigrants and refugees in a way that respects their rights and promotes equal opportunities, and I believe that this clinic provides a particularly exceptional opportunity to do just that.  
- Mike S. Peters, Ph.D. ’09, Gates Public Interest Law Scholar

Substantive Practice Area: Immigration Law

Where We Practice:

  • Immigration Court
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Board of Immigration Appeals*
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit*

*Depending on Clinic’s caseload.

Skills Focus:

  • Interviewing and counseling
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Fact investigation
  • Legal research and writing
  • Trial advocacy

Typical Clients:

  • Clients from around the world - 2008:  Mexico, Jamaica, Vietnam, Moldova, Ethiopia, and the Gambia
  • Clients who have suffered extreme domestic violence or political repression in their home countries
  • Clients who are long-time U.S. residents with families and stable jobs, but minor criminal histories
  • Clients who have medical conditions, severe depression, and/or other mental health issues

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Immigration Law (B531)
Quarters Offered: Winter, Spring
Credits: 4 credits per quarter
Required quarters: 2
Number of Students accepted: 8
Eligible Students: 2Ls and 3Ls
Selection Basis: Application
Corequisite: Immigration Law (A577)
Recommended Courses: Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Professional Resp.

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Last updated 10/14/2013