Providing a Voice
Students in the Immigration Law Clinic speak up for vulnerable individuals facing difficult immigration issues, including asylum matters where clients have suffered persecution and significant human rights abuses, family reunification, naturalization, and removal cases. Students also work with clients who are afraid to leave violent domestic relationships in the U.S. for fear of being sent back to their birth country. Students interview clients, prepare these high-stakes and sensitive cases, and appear before judges in immigration court.
The Immigration Clinic, established in conjunction with Catholic Charities' New Hampshire Immigration and Refugee Services Division, offers up to four 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 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 Professors Cathy Chesley and Michael Fraga.