Opens Spring 2020.
Georgia State Law is opening a new immigration clinic in January 2020 to help address the need for lawyers with experience in immigration matters across the state.
The Immigration Clinic will focus on removal defense. Students will provide representation for low-income non-citizens appearing in immigration court, including individuals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
of Georgia’s population are immigrants
immigration cases backlogged in Georgia,
according to TRAC a nonpartisan data research organization at Syracuse University
U.S. citizens in Georgia have at least one family member who is undocumented,
according to the American Immigration Council
Cases for the Immigration Clinic are referred by our community partners. The Immigration Clinic generally provides removal defense for individuals in removal proceedings in the Atlanta and Stewart Immigration Courts. Case types may include asylum and related forms of relief, cancellation of removal, and bond.
More information about community partners to be announced.
The Immigration Clinic is a six credit-hour graded experiential course, where second- and third-year law students learn both in the classroom and through working on real cases for non-citizens in removal proceedings. Immigration Clinic students will:
- Work directly with real clients under the Georgia Student Practice Rule and the rules of the Executive Office for Immigration Review;
- Learn practical lawyering skills that are transferable to any legal environment, including how to interview, counsel, work with interpreters, develop case theory, draft effective affidavits, conduct fact investigation, collaborate with experts and other service providers, and work with survivors of trauma in a client-centered model;
- Learn to conduct legal research, draft memoranda, motions, and briefs, compile and prepare evidentiary submissions, present arguments and elicit testimony in Immigration Court, and raise and respond to objections to build and protect the record;
- Learn to navigate the complex system of statutes, regulations, international treaty obligations, and executive actions governing the practice of immigration law;
- Understand the network of agencies, institutions, and legal systems, including civil immigration detention, encountered by non-citizens in the United States;
- Engage in project work with community partners to assist the greater immigrant community in Georgia.
Immigration Clinic I
Immigration Clinic II
Work in the clinic may require some travel to meet with clients off campus, including in detention centers in remote locations. Efforts will be made to pair students without transportation with students with transportation. Clinic students must attend a mandatory day-long orientation session and sign the Immigration Clinic Intern Agreement. Students will be notified of the date of orientation upon registration.
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
85 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303