Providing a Voice
The Immigration Law Clinic (ILC), in conjunction with American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH),
offers up to four students each semester the opportunity to learn immigration law and procedures in a classroom
setting and also apply the knowledge to real-life cases under the supervision of SangYeob Kim, Immigration Staff
Attorney at ACLU-NH.
The ILC consists of two components: classroom and clinical work. The classroom component includes a two-hour per week seminar. For the clinical work component, students will represent immigrants facing deportation from the United States with a primary focus on individuals who are detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Clinical work for students may include: appearance before the Immigration Court in Boston for custody redetermination hearings; client interviews; legal research and writing; and oral advocacy; preparation of recently arrived asylum seekers for their credible/reasonable fear interviews before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Students may also work on federal habeas corpus before the United States District Court for District of New Hampshire and petitions for review before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, challenging unlawful detention or deportation. This work will include collaborations with nationally recognized co-counsel/organizations and extensive research and writing on interesting legal issues. Lastly, if warranted, students may participate in community outreach such as Know Your Rights training.
The clinic gives students practical experience in interviewing clients from many regions of the world, preparing complicated legal cases, appearing before judges, and interviewing immigrants in detention. This clinic is taught by Professor SangYeob Kim.