Jean C. Han

Practitioner-in-Residence,
Women & the Law Clinic

Office: Room Y243
Phone: 202-274-4395
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Jean C. Han is a Practitioner-In-Residence in the Women and the Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Han was a clinical teaching fellow at the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown, where she taught in an asylum clinic in which students represented torture and trauma survivors and asylum seekers in hearings before immigration courts.

An experienced litigator, Professor Han was previously the supervising immigration attorney at Ayuda, where she represented low-income immigrants seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief, focusing on victims of gang persecution, gender-based violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence, and engaged in advocacy and outreach initiatives. Professor Han was also the Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow for the Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Harvard Law School, where she taught students representing asylum seekers and worked on federal appellate and Supreme Court advocacy in immigration matters; she was previously with the law firm of Williams & Connolly.

In 2009, Professor Han was awarded the prestigious Arthur C. Liman Fellowship for public interest work responding to problems of inequality and access to justice. Since 2009, Professor Han has served on the Board of Directors for the Refugee Reunification Project, and from 2008-2012 she served on the Board of Advisors for the Esperanza Education Fund.

As a co-teacher in the WCL Women and the Law Clinic, Professor Han advises student attorneys on individual cases spanning family law, immigration, public benefits, domestic violence, employment, housing, education, and student debt, all with a focus on how clients’ gender, race, nationality, disability, and economic status affect their experiences in the legal system and within the lawyer-client relationship.

Professor Han’s research and scholarship address access to justice and the delivery of legal services to low-income immigrants. She received her J.D. from Yale and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard. She speaks Spanish and Taiwanese and grew up in Texas.





Degrees & Universities

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center 2016 (with honors) (expected)
  • J.D., Yale Law School 2006
  • A.B., Harvard College 2002 (mangna cum laude)