Immigration Community Lawyering Clinic (5130)

Students serve immigrants seeking benefits under Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). Several million immigrants may stand to benefit from CIR but they need assistance to verify eligibility and to prepare the applications and compile needed supporting documents. Students partner with local nonprofits, including Southwest Solutions, ACCESS, the International Institute and other organizations serving immigrants to conduct intake, perform screening, and prepare applications for benefits. Students also work with the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to train pro bono attorneys regarding the CIR process.


In the event that CIR is not enacted by Term I of the 2013-2104 academic year, students will be directed to other activities, including enrolling eligible immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, preparing citizenship applications for eligible Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as claims for entry and refugee status in Canada for residents of Freedom House, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving refugee claimants to Canada.

Course Details

  • Credits: 3