Experience in the Immigration Practice Clinic

Students in the Immigration Practice Clinic defend clients against deportation in court and engage in advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations. Below, Rachel Davis ’25 shares her experience in the clinic.

Entering law school, I was keen on incorporating experiential education into my academic journey. Being a hands-on learner, I thrive when applying theoretical knowledge in practical situations. When the opportunity to join a clinic presented itself, I eagerly entered the clinic lottery without hesitation.

My time as a student attorney in the Immigration Practice Clinic proved to be incredibly fulfilling. The clinic’s client-centered approach allowed me to hone various legal skills, such as case planning, preparation, interviewing, and establishing a meaningful connection with my client. It also provided me with the opportunity to delve into an area of law that was previously unfamiliar to me.

Currently, I am immersed in the Advanced Immigration Clinic, collaborating with Professor Manrique on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applications. This classification is designed for immigrant minors who are facing abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one or both parents. I am excited about challenging myself in new ways and look forward to meeting my clients this semester!

I wholeheartedly recommend fellow students to considering participating in the Immigration Practice Clinic. Working in the Immigration Practice Clinic is an excellent way to learn transferable skills and gain familiarity in a complex and interesting area of the law.