Real Cases. Real Experience.
Immigration Clinic students and Clinic Co-director Barbara Hines before the Immigration Court in San Antonio.
Students in the Immigration Clinic represent vulnerable low-income immigrants from all over the world before the immigration and federal courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Students gain hands-on experience by taking on the primary responsibility and decision-making authority for their cases, under the mentorship of the clinic directors.
Read more about the Immigration Clinic’s work with area youth eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The clinic’s caseload varies each semester, but we primarily focus on detention and deportation defense and asylum cases. In addition to handling a specific caseload, students provide pro-se assistance and legal advice to women detained at the Hutto immigration detention center. Students also engage in larger national and international human rights advocacy projects and collaborate with national organizations to reform and improve the rights of immigrants in the U.S. The clinic works closely with DREAMers (undocumented young people) as well and has organized large-scale workshops to assist with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Through client representation and advocacy as well as the classroom component of the clinic, students learn substantive immigration law, develop interviewing and client relationship skills, practice and master a variety of legal advocacy techniques and explore different models for effective and collaborative lawyering.
Documentary film The Least of These features UT Immigration Clinic’s legal work on behalf of detained families.
Read more about the Immigration Clinic’s work in opposition to the immigration detention of families at the controversial T. Don Hutto Detention Center.