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About the Immigrant Justice Clinic

The Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) provides representation on a broad range of cases and projects involving individual immigrants and migrants, and their communities, both in the D.C. metropolitan area and overseas. Students Attorneys in the IJC regularly appear in Immigration Court, and may also appear before federal district court, the courts of Maryland and D.C., and before federal and state agencies.  Since migration has a transnational dimension, the IJC occasionally advocates before regional and international bodies.

The matters handled by the IJC allow students to develop core lawyering skills, such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and trial advocacy, while cultivating complementary skills in the areas of policy and legislative advocacy, community organizing, and working with the media.

The Immigrant Justice Clinic receives most of its cases by referral from local and national non-profit organizations. In deciding which cases to accept, the IJC faculty place central importance on two factors: (1) identifying cases that will maximize the students' learning experience and skills development, and will further their professional goals; and (2) providing added-value to the landscape of local legal service providers, by taking on cases that are not easily absorbed by other organizations. In addition, the IJC seeks to ensure that its docket reflects the full diversity of the local immigrant community.  The IJC faculty solicit input from incoming clinic students, and consult with current students when vacancies in the docket arise.

2014-15 IJC students Miatrai Brown, Rachel Nadas, Saba Aziz, and Daniela Carrion, in Artesia, New Mexico, where they represented migrant women and children in immigration detention.