Immigration Law Clinic

 3 - 5 Credit Hours

(variable credit options: requires 42.5 hours per credit)

Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor and
Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
[email protected]

Adjunct Professors:
Lisa Murray, Managing Attorney 
Gulfcoast Legal Services

Program Description:
Students in this program are placed with the Immigration Unit of Gulfcoast Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid organization. The Immigration Unit assists persons who are immigrant victims of crime with a focus on domestic violence. Students perform duties associated with Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, U visas for victims of crime, and T visas for victims of human trafficking; representing persons in asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture claims; as well as an unaccompanied immigrant children project for children present in the United States without legal status and without parents. Students are involved in all aspects of case preparation and management, including Immigration Court representation. However, most cases are argued through written advocacy. Students work alongside staff and are expected to spend as much time as possible in the office working under sometimes stressful deadlines and difficult circumstances.Placement Location:
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (St. Petersburg Office or Bradenton Office, student may be placed in either office, or split time between each office, depending on space available and the need of the office)Program Requirements:
• 42.5 hours per credit (fall and spring), not offered in the summer
• Weekly classroom component;
• Multiple reflective papers.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing; and
• Successful completion of Professional Responsibility;
• Successful completion of an immigration-related law course (preferred);
• Successful completion of Evidence (preferred);
• Successful completion of Trial Advocacy (preferred); and
• No legal employment or volunteering without prior approval of the hosting organization.Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, visit our Clinics and Externships page). Please note this clinic is NOT available during the summer semesters.