Immigration Law Clinic

Credit Hours: 5
Overseeing Professor: Christine E. Cerniglia

About The Program

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 or Bradenton Office)

Program Requirements

  • 213 hours per semester
  • Weekly classroom component
  • Five reflective papers