University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Immigration Law Clinic

UNH Law's Immigration Law Clinic, established in conjunction with New Hampshire Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Services division, offers up to six students each semester the opportunity to learn immigration law and procedures in a classroom setting, then apply that knowledge to real-life cases under the supervision of Catholic Charities attorneys.

The Immigration Law Clinic gives students practical experience in interviewing clients, preparing complicated legal cases and appearing before judges. They are likely to work on asylum, family reunification, naturalization and unwarranted removal cases. Additional work may include representing immigrants who are afraid to leave violent domestic relationships for fear of being sent back to their birth country. Cathy Chesley teaches the classroom component of the course.

Instead of reading case law after case law, this is a firsthand experience, you get to meet the client, you get to bond and have a relationship with the client, which gives you a better idea how to help that person.

Clinics give you an opportunity to experience different types of law which can potentially make you wonder what career path you want to pursue.

Beatrice Dumas JD '12 on her experience working in the Immigration Law Clinic.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities serves all people, regardless of faith, throughout the state. Its Immigration and Refugee Services division has five immigration attorneys and two accredited immigration advocates. The division is the only immigration provider in the state for law income or indigent clients.  UHCC's Office of Immigration and Refugee Services has offices in Manchester and Nashua and now, Concord at the UNH School of Law Immigration Clinic.

Cathy Chesley, who heads Immigration and Refugee Services for NH Catholic Charities, who directs students’ clinical work, also has another tie to the school; she is an alumna. She earned her JD in 1987 and her EdD from Harvard University in 1995.