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Immigration Clinic

The Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center specializes in representing immigrants who are victims of torture and persecution, who are survivors of domestic violence, gender-based violence, human trafficking and crime, and who are fleeing civil war, genocide or political repression. Clinic I students represent asylum seekers and students who go on to take Clinic II may also represent immigrants with Violence Against Women Act claims or applying for visas as victims of crime or human trafficking, or children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Students may begin taking the clinic beginning their 2L year. There are no prerequisites. Under close faculty supervision, students are responsible for handling their case from the initial interview through the conclusion, including trial, if needed.

The Immigration Clinic has a classroom component that meets for three hours a week for 14 weeks over the course of the semester.  The classroom component focuses on teaching lawyering and advocacy skills as well as substantive immigration law to equip students to represent immigrants before the Asylum Office and Immigration Court.


Semester/Credit Hours



Immigration Clinic I

Fall, Spring & Summer
6 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Good academic standing.

Students must attend a mandatory 2 ½ day orientation held from Wednesday to Friday before the first day of school.

Immigration Clinic II

Fall, Spring & Summer
Credit hours vary.

Completion of Clinic I.
Good academic standing.